INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ELITE SPORT STARTS WITH A BANG
Written by: Venal Naidu and Elizabeth Kunene
The 10th International Forum on Elite Sport got underway at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban Wednesday, where leaders in sport from 38 different countries were in attendance to discuss different ways to sustain an athlete’s performance in various sporting codes.
The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Sustainable Performance’ and the focus of day-one was school sport and leadership.
Former South African Cricketer and Coach of the 2011 Indian World Cup team, Gary Kirsten, spoke about leadership and how it is important that athletes have good leaders that can set examples for them.
Kirsten added that it was an honour for him to be at the forum and give back his input to the sporting world.
“I was very privileged,’ said Kirsten. “It’s how we add value and it’s for what context we add value, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the best players and my key aspect was how to get the best out of them.”
President of the South African Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Gideon Sam, hoped that the event will be quite an educational and networking experience for South African coaches
“It’s good for our people out there coaching in schools in the rural areas to come around and see and learn and then put together programmes that they want to put together but also know that they can write a letter to the guy from Barcelona and know that he can give them some input,” said Sam.
Sam hoped that the event will be the start of a series of massive events coming to South Africa in the build-up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games but unfortunately South Africa had to withdraw the bid due to issues with acquiring funds.
However, he does hope that this will help in a huge way in securing South Africa’s bid for the 2023 Bid for the Rugby World Cup.
“Whenever you get an opportunity to talk to people, you are in a very good space,” Sam ended.
Day two of the forum will focus on biokinetics, strength and conditioning and coaching. The forum will run until Saturday the 26th August.
*Caption: The 10th International Forum on Elite Sport at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.