14 Jan 2020
Koben Hofmeyr suffered a serious neck injury during an U15 rugby match in 2018. Now in matric at Hoërskool Louis Trichardt, he tells RugbyRocks.com about his goals for 2020.
Last year, RugbyRocks.com ran a four-part video series on Koben's inspirational story.
Since suffering that life-changing injury, Koben has had to utilise a wheelchair and go through an extensive rehabilitation programme, including hydrotherapy, equestrian therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Koben told RugbyRocks.com's SAVANNAH CONNACHER about his goals for 2020.
Stop using my wheelchair
'I'm busy achieving this goal. I use my crutches full-time now and can walk 9m without them. I'm putting a lot of pressure on my legs and they're struggling, but they're going to have to adapt and get used to it because my mental state is not going to change.'
Reach 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel
'I'm almost halfway there with just under 500 subscribers, so please subscribe here!'
Ride my bicycle again
'I saw a guy named David Olsteen ride his bike again after having a spinal cord injury and it made me want to do it too. I'm working really hard at achieving this goal. I'm currently at the farm doing hydrotherapy in a heated pool and it's getting me ready to ride my bike again.'
Go to shooting nationals
'This would be my second consecutive year at nationals, which is amazing because after the accident I thought I wouldn't be able to shoot again. My dad was a professional hunter; he would always tell us amazing stories about his shooting experiences which made me want to be able to tell my kids the same stories.'
Matriculate from high school
'I'm about to start my matric year so I'm on it!'
Face my fears
'I want to go zip lining, bungee jumping, shark-cage diving, sky diving, and hunt a Cape buffalo. I've chosen these activities because they scare the living daylights out of me. I want to overcome my fears while enjoying them at the same time. I'm going to Cape Town in March to do some more rehabilitation at the Walking with Brandon Foundation and am hoping to go shark-cage diving.'