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President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam
- Updated: November 5, 2012
So, the 2012 SA Sports Awards have come and gone and Chad le Clos is a very happy man.
This honour deservedly went to a humble athlete who walked on to the stage to receive his award with the South African flag draped over his shoulder, a true patriot and role model to so many youngsters in the country.
It was former Minister of Defence, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu who expressed a desire to see more discipline and patriotism amongst our youth if South Africa was to prosper. Well thanks to Chad and his family for giving us such an athlete.
Swimming South Africa can be rightly proud of what they have delivered to South African sport. And we must also never forget the coach, Graham Hill, who predicted some years ago that he will make Chad a world beater.┬áA big thank-you Graham.
Next on our list of things to do before we take a well- deserved break is our Coaches Conference in Pretoria.┬áWe expect a huge turn-up of coaches from our provinces following the establishment of Provincial Coaches’ Commissions in the past few months.
The importance of this conference lies in the fact that we have been selected to host the International Coaches’ Conference next year. It is therefore important for South African coaches to know what is happening in the country so that we can share experiences with coaches from other countries who will descend on our country. I’m really looking forward to the many discussions at this conference.
The launch of the Academy Framework and Guidelines will take place during the Coaches’ Conference. These guidelines will coordinate all the activities of academies in the country and will be anchored in the provinces.┬áOur dream is to ensure that all athletes ÔÇô wherever they may be in the country ÔÇô should get the assistance to fulfil their dreams in sport.
There will be academies at district level and several schools will be registered as sport schools (centres of excellence), closer to the athletes, especially those athletes with talent, but with no coaches and decent infrastructure.
Lusaka, Zambia is┬áour last stop for the Zone 6 Games.┬á We are sending our best juniors to these Games as part of our search to get the best athletes into our system as we build teams for 2016 and 2020. Our athletes have traditionally done very well in these Games and we expect the same this year.
Finally, the nominations list was released by our CEO last week and the elections will take place at Olympic House in Johannesburg on 24 of November.┬áFrom my side, good luck to all the nominees and may SASCOC be blessed with good leaders going forward.