Putting ability before dis-ability!

Lungile Mdaka

Lungile Mdaka is a 19 year old (young) man who recently joined the I Can! Parc du Cap academy and is sponsored by Quest Staffing Solutions. Lungile lives by the philosophy that the only disability one can have is a bad attitude.

Lungile loves to run. He started athletics at primary school level during the athletics season and continued until he finished his primary education. He was hoping to continue running in mainstream high school as well, however after grade 7 Lungile was transferred to a special needs school because of his learning disability. He felt that his dream of becoming a professional athlete was ‘fading away’.

However, things were about to change. It was when Lungile met K-WAY VOB coach at an athletics competition that was held in the province for all the special schools, that he eventually regained hope of making his dream a reality. He joined the club and quickly realized that he had to make a lot of sacrifices. Through determination and hard work he started to prove himself. This disciplined hard work paid off when he was selected into the Western Cape provincial athletics team.

Lungile is now a professional athlete for K-WAY VOB and still an active member of the provincial team. We believe that he is headed for even greater success in the future.

Lungile Mdaka is a great inspiration to many young adults out there with disabilities who aspire to make something of their lives. He reminds us that with hard work and sacrifice, much can be achieved –the only disability one can have is a bad attitude!!!

Maryam Kriel
Operations Manager – W Cape