By Mark Etheridge
African Games badminton medallist Sandra le Grange had a hair-raising brush with death this week.
The 22-year-old sports ace who won silver in the team event and also represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland two years ago, was en route to Welkom from Bloemfontein.
‘I was on my way back to Welkom where I teach at Goudveld Hoërskool,’ she told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I left Bloem early, it was raining and an oncoming car lost control and hit me head-on.’
‘Sadly, the other driver didn’t survive the impact but I’ve been to a doctor and he says everything’s OK my side. My car is a write-off though.’
Le Grange is currently romantically involved with fellow SA badminton player Andries Malan, who now lives in Bloemfontein and works in marketing after relocating from Malmesbury.
‘He also got a very big fright, when he heard about the accident,’ said Le Grange.
In the picture, Le Grange and Malan at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland