ParaVolley South Africa Highlights for 2017


Feb 2017 – Cape Town Club iKapa Storm kicked off the start of the year with a social beach sitting volleyball competition.

April 2017 – World ParaVolley and the Southern African ParaVolley Assoc. organised Level 1 courses for coaches and referees in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. South African coaches Nathan Pretorius and Anton Raimondo acted as assistant tutors on the coaching course and Fabian Muller gained his certification as a level 1 coach. Congratulations to all involved.

April 2017 – The very first sub-zonal competition in Southern Africa took place in Zimbabwe. It was a very competitive event and history was made for South Africa as a local club won a bronze medal. Well done iKapa Storm!

April 2017 – ParaVolley South Africa received recognition from World ParaVolley as an official member of the world organisation and the representative body for the parasport in South Africa. A very big step for development of the Sitting Volleyball in South Africa!

Aug 2017 – Sitting Volleyball Youth Development is taking off in the Western Cape! Fabian Muller becomes a full time youth development coach for Sitting Volleyball and is spreading the sport with already over 10 schools involved and a sitting volleyball youth league underway.

Sept 2017 – ParaVolley SA and the UCT Physiotherapy Department established a collaborative relationship to explore and promote research into Sitting Volleyball.

Sept 2017 – Limpopo ParaVolley hold their provincial championships and new sitting volleyball teams are crowned champions. Medallists: Thohoyandou (Gold), Capricorn (Silver), Makhado (Bronze)

Sept 2017– National training camp – Preparation takes place for the South African men’s team as they train ahead of the African ParaVolley Championship in Rwanda. They complete an intensive 8 day programme and then a short break before the tournament.

Sept 2017 – South Africa makes history by participating in their first international Sitting Volleyball Championship, the 2017 African ParaVolley Champs. A tough tournament for our relatively new team – they lost group matches against hosts, Rwanda as well as Morocco and Kenya and did themselves proud winning a match against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sept 2017 – Congratulations to ParaVolley SA president, Anton Raimondo, who was elected to the board of ParaVolley Africa as Communication and Media Commissioner.

Nov 2017 – South Africa held its National Sitting Volleyball Championships, hosted at the University of Stellenbosch. There was a lot of excitement with the top three South African teams crowned as follows : iKapa Storm A (Gold), Makhado (Silver), iKapa Storm B (Bronze)

Nov 2017 – The South African National Sitting Volleyball squad complete seven days of intensive volleyball training and a mini-tournament as part of their last camp for the year. Congratulations to the 23 men and women who were selected as part of the updated national squad.

Dec 2017 – World ParaVolley release their updated world rankings and South African men debut at #31 also ranked #6 in Africa. South Africa sets itself a benchmark on the international Sitting Volleyball map!

Dec 2017 – World ParaVolley appoint Sitting Volleyball coaches Nathan Pretorius and Anton Raimondo as Level 1 tutors for the international organisation. They join Luis de Vera (Mozambique) and Mosaad Elaiuty (Egypt) as 4 tutors for Africa. Well done!

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