The month of April is a significant month in our national calendar as we celebrate South Africa’s Freedom Day, the liberation which has allowed us in the sports fraternity to compete at international level.
Business continues as usual at the Olympic House and of note is the incoming visit of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Evaluation Commission which will be conducting due diligence analyses based on the information submitted in the Bid documents in March. The team will be visiting Durban from 27 April-1 May 2015.
Meanwhile, SASCOC held the first ever Women Commission Working Group meeting last week where delegates expounded the role women should play in all sectors of the society, especially in sport. The discussions in the meeting were robust and these will be incorporated in the Women and Sport Strategy document.
Moving to Coach development, a series of meetings were recently held at Olympic House and these included: Provincial Coaches Commission and Provincial Department of Sport meeting, Joint Coaching meeting with National Federations (NFs), Provincial Coaches Commission (PCCs), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVETs), Sports and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), Coaching commission members and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) panel, National Coaching Standards Group (NCSG) meeting, Legislation meeting and Athletics South Africa (ASA) Phase 3 Provincial Coach Developer (PCD) training. These meetings enable us to track progress and find ways to improve coaching in South Africa.
On another note, we congratulate and acknowledge our athletes who continue to shine in both local and international arenas. Well done to Ilse Hayes who recently broke the world record in the 100m event at an IPC Athletics event in Brazil.
Myles Brown and Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh were the first swimmers to book their places for the FINA World Long Course Championships in Kazan, Russia, at the 2015 South African National Championships at the King’s Park Swimming Pool Complex and three other swimmers went on to join them as qualifiers.
Rugby stalwart Schalk Burger also won the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award in Shanghai, China whilst Jacob Maliekal won the singles division of the 2015 Waikato International Badminton Championships. Congratulations to all our athletes and we wish you well in your upcoming competitions.
On a sombre note, this month was a gloomy month in the sports fraternity. We lost three sports stars, South African soccer greats, John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, who lost a long battle against cancer and Richard Henyekane who died in a car crash. During the same month, gymnast Lindokuhle Sithole also died in a car crash. May their souls rest in peace and we as a macro sports body will carry their legacy forward and encourage our sports people to emulate their hard work to take South African sport to a higher level.
Lastly, SASCOC continues to take a g stance in condemning xenophobia. We pledge our support to all sectors that are committed to ending this violence.
On behalf of SASCOC, I wish you a happy Freedom Day and safe travels to all those who will be travelling.
Source : South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee