Wishing our champion Achmat Hassiem a Happy Birthday!

Shark attack survivor, Achmat Hassiem lost his lower leg to a Great White shark when participating in a lifeguard training session at Sunrise Beach in Muizenberg in 2006.

Since then, Hassiem has made an amazing recovery, learning to walk with his prosthetic leg, competing in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, 2010 IPC World Swimming Championships in the Netherlands and 2012 London Paralympics.

He competed in the SA Nedbank National disabled championships in 2012, winning eight gold medals of the eight events he had entered and setting six new all African records and he is currently the world champion for 200m butterfly. He conquered his fear of going back into the seas when he completed the 7.5km Cadiz Robben Island cold water swim in 2010 and 2011.

33 year-old Hassiem is living his dream. He received the Bravery Award from Prince Michael of Kent on behalf of the Royal Lifesaving Society. In September 2010 Hassiem showed his support in saving Great White Sharks by meeting with fellow shark attack survivors and the PEW Organisation in New York, USA.

Achmat Hassiem is a true ambassador and champion for Hospice. He regularly attends our annual conferences and Lace up for Cancer events and is a true advocate for us on all his social media platforms often sharing, retweeting and publicing the amazing work that hospice do.

Thank you to Achmat for being such a champion for hospice, we hope you have a fantastic birthday!