Wheels for Roodly

13 February 2020 | Sports

Eighteen years ago Roodly Gowaseb sat in the back seat of a car, probably thinking back on the last soccer game he played for his club Nampol at the time.
The idea that someone might skip a stop street at that very moment was something that he never expected to happen, but it did. The car collided with Roodly’s vehicle from the side, throwing him violently against the door.
When he woke up his dreams of the next goal, the next game, the next step-over, was replaced with the harsh reality of being paralyzed from the waist down. Two weeks in intensive care, followed by another 10 weeks of recovery, was more than enough time for Roodly to realise the severity of his injuries, and what was to come.
Depression followed, and for the longest period of time, Roodly could not deal with his situation, which eventually led to him contemplating taking his own life… but as quoted by him “it was the lowest point of my life, but through faith, I persevered”.
Having been an active person, Roodly sought to discover a new passion in life, something that would set him free from the constraints of his wheelchair. He discovered Wheelchair Basketball at which he excelled, and which would eventually make him realise that he himself was his only limitation. Roodly was introduced to Wheelchair Cycling not long after, and as he says, “I fell in love instantly, the freedom, the speed”.
With his newfound passion, Roodly pushed himself to become the best he could be, training relentlessly, overcoming the fear of doing something that he thought he would never be able to.
In 2016 he entered into the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge for the 21km race. He brought home silver that day. The next year he took on the same distance, motivated and determined, Roodly crossed the finish line in first place.
An article published in the press told the story of Roodly’s hopes to compete again at the 2020 Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge in the 42km distance. However, due to financial restraints, this dream was in danger of being just that, a dream.
Then Snyman Transport and Hollard Namibia saw the article and together decided to sponsor the N$25 060.00 that Roodly would need to travel to South Africa and live his dream.
“The change was overwhelming, the low points more difficult to overcome, but I rose above them. With a positive mind, you will find that the strength you need, is already inside you. Never give up on life, but more importantly, never ever give up on yourself. You have the power to achieve absolutely anything you put your mind to,” Roodly says.

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