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July 23, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Podiatry Students Join Special Olympics on Nelson Mandela Day!

By Lauren Wyndham Quin

Following in the spirit of Madiba, Special Olympics South Africa and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) hosted their first Fit Feet training event on 18 July. Eleven final year podiatry students attended to learn more about Healthy Athletes (HA) and caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In addition to the training, the students conducted a "mini clinic" for athletes from San Michele Home. Nomzamo Duma, Special Olympics Regional Clinical Advisor, lead both the theoretical and practical components and had the following to say: "This was a great celebration for Mandela Day, which brought in many wishes and opened doors for both Special Olympics athletes and clinicians alike and we look forward to a refined relationship with UJ in future." Following a wonderful day of learning, Mr. Ntuli, a lecturer at UJ has committed to attending the next HA screening, assisting with referrals and including Special Olympics in the agenda of the 2016 Health Sciences curricula review.

About Lauren Wyndham Quin: Regional Manager, Healthy Athletes

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