Chaeli Mycroft was born in Cape Town on 30 August 1994. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2015 with majors in Politics and Social Development and in December 2016 gained her Honours degree in Social Policy and Management. She is currently reading for an MPhil degree in Human Rights Law at UCT.
Chaeli is an internationally recognised ability activist having been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011, the Medal for Social Activism from the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2012 and in 2013 she accepted the World of Children Youth Award in New York.
On 3 September 2015 Chaeli became the first female quadriplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro. She also competes in wheelchair dancing on the international stage, is the first wheelchair athlete in 95 years (May 2016) to finish the iconic 89km Comrades Marathon. On 4 June 2017 she became the 1st adaptive (assisted wheelchair) athlete to get her Comrades back-to-back. Chaeli has completed 4 Cape Town Cycle tours as part of Team Beastie – in a buggy with her cycling partners.
Through teamwork you can accomplish anything. Chaeli believes in living a full and rich life. She is an adventurer, a conqueror of limitations and constantly seeks new ways of overcoming perceived barriers and boundaries.