Ameer makes ECR proud
East Coast Radio receptionist, Ameer Khan, recently won at the South African table tennis championships for people with disabilities. He bagged the gold in Pretoria last week in the men’s single’s TT 4 -5 class at the South African Championships. Classes TT 1 – 5 are for players in wheelchairs.
Khan, representing KwaZulu-Natal, beat Thankiso Hata from the Freestate to the title. His win could again see him qualify for international tournaments. The table tennis champ from Overport travelled to Jordan in April to represent South Africa at the International Para Table Tennis Championships, reaching semifinals and winning bronze.
Khan says he has been playing table tennis for nine years, “I love the game. I have always played it, even before my injury. It is a thinking game and isn’t just about physical strength but about strategy too.”
East Coast Radio’s General Manager Trish Taylor says, “Ameer is an inspiration. He hasn’t let his disabilities hold him back in any way and we hope he can inspire other persons with disabilities.”
With the aim of doing just that, Khan and two friends have formed a club for other people with similar disabilities. He says, “Wheels on Wings has been established to educate and empower people living with disabilities in Durban. Very often wheelchair bound people don’t socialize after injury, so the idea is to get them out and about and doing some cardio. We will concentrate on table tennis but also all round training.”