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Coaching brains in Bloemfontein

Athletics South Africa’s coaching symposium to be held at the Eunice High School in Bloemfontein on August 7-8 is set to bring a host of coaches and technical officials together to discuss important elements regarding the growth of the sport.

Over 320 of the country’s top coaches and technical officials are expected to attend the symposium which will be the biggest of its kind yet held in South Africa.

The theme of the symposium is ÔÇ£Peaking for major competitionsÔÇØ. The coaches that will attend the symposium have collectively produced more than 100 medal-winners at international level and more than 1000 medals at national level.

More than 20 lectures will be presented, with some of the topics to be discussed being ASA’s events calendar for 2011 and the selection process for international competitions.

The theme of the Technical Officials Symposium is ÔÇ£officiating for fair competitionÔÇØ. The technical officials that will attend the symposium have collectively officiated at more than 1000 national and international competitions and will discuss among other things, the differences between domestic and international officiating.


I hope there is a slot to discuss the selection in 2010 to World Juniors and Africa because this was a disaster. I see problems for ASA if the athletes are unhappy at the manner in which their peers were treated. Well done to Geraldine Pillay for standing up to the Interim-board on the selection issue. Nobody would give up the opportunity when called on by your country to manage the best athletes in SA to a global event and she must have a very good reason for doing so and then resigning from an organisation that has now lost all credibility. The coaches that work with the elite athletes are in the best position to guide the nation and they should've been called together in April like we have done in the past. Under23's were approved then taken away by the new administration, a calendar and selection criteria was approved then changed controversially by the same administration. The new administration is trying to achieve this in a clandesine way and that does not work in athletics. Looking forward to change!!!