Paralympic dream becomes a reality for Adri
Adri Visser, an honours student at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University´s (NWU´s) School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science, is no strange face on campus. As a result of a birth defect, Adri´s arms did not fully develop and she also has only one leg. Despite her shortcomings, she once again proved that anything is possible when there is enough perseverance, faith and motivation.
Adri is an outstanding swimmer and reached many high achievements with her swimming. The biggest highlight was when she recently, during the 2016 South African National Aquatic Championships in Durban, qualified for the Paralympics which will take place in Rio, Brazil later this year. She will participate in the S5 category in the 50m butterfly. During her qualifying swim, Adri also swam a new African record in this style, with a time of 52.02 seconds.
According to Professor Hans de Ridder, director of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science, Adri is an example of someone with lots and lots of perseverance and faith. “She is a huge example for all of us we wish her all the best with her Paralympic Games experience.”