Khotso Godfrey Mokoena

Athlete

Khotso Godfrey Mokoena is a rare breed of sportsperson. His love for his community ties for first place with his athletics career. The 26-year-old South African record holder in long and triple jump is also a charismatic motivational speaker. He recently started the I Motivate You project, which aims to empower youngsters in Heidelberg, his hometown. "I have been blessed with a special talent to jump, and I am using that to touch the lives of other people,� he says. The results speak for themselves: a silver medal at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Spain and another at the 2010 African Championships. Now Mokoena is training to boost his power and speed. He wants a new world long-jump record, and dreams of achieving 18 meters in the triple jump. "People say it's impossible, but I believe I can do it.� � Ngoako Matsha

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