BIO: I grew up in a small platteland town, Despatch. I joined the ballet school at the age of 4 and traded my pointers for a pair of netball tekkies 7 years later. I received my provincial colours in std 4 for netball and represented the Eastern Province every year thereafter until 2000 when we relocated to Cape Town. I represented Western Province in netball and action netball. In 2005 I was part of the South African Action netball Elite ladies team that travelled to Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast of Australia. I played the best netball of my life at this tournament and was awarded the Best South African Action Netball player of the tournament. In 2006 I again represented South Africa in Action netball and played in a test series against Australia in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Shortly thereafter, I retired from the sport, not because I wanted to, but because I had to due to recurring back pain. I started cycling competitively from the end of the 2007.
My name is Jan Friedrich Wilhelm du Plessis – Will to my friends. I’m 32 and I’m an amputee, but I like to think there’s much more to me than just that!
In 1998 I was a typical active guy studying for a Diploma in Tourism. I was the Sports Portfolio Rep on the Student Council and I dreamt of being an Adventure Activities guide – rock climbing, shark cage diving and bungee-jumping – that’s what was going to pay the bills! I was 20 years old, and I was bullet proof!