Girls’s World Cup: Tazmin Brits’ redemption from crushed Olympic desires

Tazmin Brits


Tazmin Brits spent three months in hospital after the car crash that ended her chances of going to London 2012
Dates: 4 March – 3 April. Host country: New Zealand
Coverage: Test Match Special commentary on BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website on 20 matches, plus live text commentary with in-play clips on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app. Tournament schedule

Warning: This article contains themes of suicide and self harm

Despite the devastating physical impact, Tazmin Brits can clearly remember the moment that changed her life.

The song on the radio. The smell of the dirt. How she rolled across the ground. Seeing her javelin spikes flying through the air.

It was November 2011. In the few seconds it took her car to career off the road, Brits’ Olympic dream was crushed.

What followed was seven years spent “in a hole” so deep she contemplated taking her own life.

Now, in a remarkable story of resilience and redemption, she is preparing to play for South Africa at the Women’s…