Thursday, 20 August 2020 18:48


Photo Credit:Team SA.

Team South Africa’s young rising star in the Paralympic Movement, Ntando Mahlangu, is one of nine Paralympians who are featured in the Netflix documentary 'Rising Phoenix', a movie to be launched on 26 August 2020.

'Rising Phoenix’ is a ground-breaking movie about the Paralympic Movement, which will showcase in over 190 countries worldwide on Netflix.

Featuring Paralympians from across the world, 'Rising Phoenix' tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games and inspiring athletes who show us what is possible when we push the limits of human movement, emphasising that disability is not inability.

The film's release was planned to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Due to the postponement of the games it will now form part of the one-year-to-go celebrations. The 24th of August 2020 marks the year-to-go milestone before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan on 24 August 2021.

Other athletes featured in the film include Bebe Vio (Italy), Ellie Cole (Australia), JeanBaptiste Alaize (France), Matt Stutzman (USA), Jonnie Peacock (UK), Cui Zhe (China), Ryley Batt (Australia) and Tatyana McFadden (USA).

Ntando’s Accolades include, but are not limited to the following:

T42 400m, IWAS Junior World Games in Stadskanaal

Set an unofficial Senior World Record in the T42 400m

IWAS U23 World Games: 
Gold in the T42 200m; New World record in the 800m – gold; Gold in the 100m; New World record in the 400m

Rio Paralympic Games: Silver in the 200m T42 event in a new African record time

Nottwil World Para Athletics Junior Championships: 200m Gold; Gold and new World Records in the 100m T42-47 (12.01s) and 400m T42-47

Müller Anniversary Games: Gold in the T61 200m

World Para Athletics Junior Championships, Nottwil, Switzerland
World Para Athletics Championships, Dubai, UAE: T61 200m World Record (23.03), Gold in the Men’s T61 200m final.