Sport & School News
08 April 2022

Rustenburg – Leane Cilliers’s love for sport started at the young age of eight. She started to excel, especially in netball, athletics and javelin.

“I love the action, being outdoors and the feeling of success after a tough game,” she said.

Sadly, at the young age of 15, her life and sports career changed forever on Saturday 12 February when she injured her left knee during netball trials.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed that her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is completely disrupted. Cilliers is now permanently on crutches and if she does not receive the necessary operation, she will never be able to do any sport again and spend the rest of her life on crutches.

Her dreams of becoming a veterinarian, biokinetics or doing physiotherapy on animals will have to be placed on hold. 

“Not being able to do sports has had a very negative impact on my life. It also put a strain on my social life as I can’t hang out with my friends like a normal teenager, I can’t go on tours, and I don’t feel included anymore. It feels like I am not good enough,” Cilliers explained. 

Her school accommodated her by allowing her to stay in one class, so she does not have to move around.

Once she receives the surgery, she will have to go for another six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, and then after eight months to a year, her life will slowly but surely return to normal. 

Her surgery and road to recovery will cost approximately R142 385.51 and without a medical aid these funds have to be raised with the help of the community.

Cilliers’s mother Yolanda Joubert has launched various projects to help raise funds, but they still have a very long way to go to get to the full amount.

If you can assist Cilliers with the funds needed or if you would like more information, contact Joubert on 060 762 1796.

Leane Cilliers before her injury.
Without surgery, Leane Cilliers will have to spend the rest of her life on crutches.


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