Congratulations to our first Scholarship recipient Kyle Potgieter.
Kyle Potgieter is one of a triplet of three boys. He was born with Leber Congenital Amaurosis, a rare genetic eye disorder. Kyle is legally blind with only 3% vision in one eye and none in the other. In layman’s terms, imagine a foggy shower curtain covered in black spots and then try to see through the spots. Or if you were to use a biro, take out the ink cartridge, try to look through the barrel and you might just get an idea of how Kyle sees things on a daily basis.
Imagine then running on an open track with only a guide runner beside you to make sure you stay in your lane, always aiming for a personal best and come home with the best time in your category. Sport for Kyle is not all about winning, though. It is about participating and giving back. The very ethos that A4K subscribes to. It is about opportunities that come about due to working hard at something and persevering with something no matter how hard it gets.
Kyle Potgieter is a wonderful example of our scholarship criteria. Dedicated, determined and motivated, he continues to train hard and achieve at the best level he can in his sports and school.
At school, he has participated in every school carnival including athletics, swimming, and cross-country. He has actively sought out his own assistance for guide runners and has made sacrifices with his time and resources to focus on his athletics and always to strive for his personal best. He does not allow disability to stand in his way of his sport including team sports. He is driven to do his best in athletics through consistent hard work and extensive training.
The A4K Scholarship recognises students who demonstrate initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through participation in a sport or a variety of sports and who displays potential to achieve at their personal best level.
Kyle Potgieter is a very worthy recipient of an Aspirations4Kids in Sport Scholarship which will assist Kyle to continue on his sporting journey.