Germiston’s Hannes Brits, 31, is set to become the first South African amputee to complete the Jeep Warrior Race Black Ops obstacle course which takes place in Cape Town on 22 October.
Since it’s in inception in February 2013 the immensely popular obstacle course racing phenomenon the Warrior Race has crowned 40 000 participants over 8 events spanning 4 provinces. The rise of obstacle racing has seen the Warrior Race at the forefront of that growth with its larger than life obstacles and innovative courses to challenge South Africans.
“When I was six years old my mom accidentally dropped me and I broke my left leg,” said Brits. “I had many operations on my left leg till about 10 years ago. I had then to decide if I was going to amputate or carry on being ‘disabled’. Six weeks ago I did it [amputated] and have not looked back. It was like a weight had been lifted. I grew up in a hard home, but everything that I have been through has made me the man I am today”.
Brits said two of his friends were competing in the Jeep Warrior Races and told him to give it a go. He is looking for sponsorship to help realise this dream.
“In February 2015 I decided to give it a try and soon fell in love with obstacle course racing [OCR]. I have mostly done the Jeep Warrior Race and recently started doing the Beast, which is also part of OCR. My dream is to get more amputees into the sport, so we can have a class of our own.
“Up to this point, I am the only amputee to take on the Rookie Elite and Commando Elite [class]. I am really keen to get stuck into the Black Ops, so I can prepare for the dream which is the Black Ops Elite. This is where I require sponsorship to assist me to the dream and in making history”
According to Brits’s friend, Jonathan Hartwell, “Hannes is set on accomplishing his goals and to inspire others to do the same. His dream is to go to schools and orphanages to inspire the young minds and to guide them in believing in themselves”.
Sponsorship would go towards travel expenses, entrance fees and supplements for Brits’s race.
Hartwell said of Brits’s attitude: “He would like to show the youth that the world is for our enjoyment and not for our detriment. He would like to spread the message of hope and that our dreams can come true if we just believe it and go after it with everything we have.
“Hannes is going to make history on the 22nd [October] when he becomes the first amputee in SA to take part in the Black Ops Obstacle Course race.”
• If you would like to assist in sponsoring Brits, email Jonathan Hartwell on firstname.lastname@example.org