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Update from Olympic House

It’s business as usual at Olympic House after hosting a successful 9th ICCE Global Coach Conference in Durban this month. A huge thank-you to everyone who contributed to make this conference a success. It was indeed an eye-opening session in our effort to improve coaching in South Africa and the world over.

SASCOC are now looking forward to presenting the 2013 Olympic Day, which is being hosted in collaboration with the Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation (WCPSC) and is running concurrently with the Annual Overstrand Sport Festival. The event will take place on 5 October 2013 at the Hawston Sports Ground in the Overberg region of the Southern Cape.

Olympic Day is an event that commemorates the establishment of the Olympics and educates sport-loving people and society about Olympism by bringing together hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. It is also the only annual worldwide event of the Olympic Movement.

Running under the theme Move, Learn and Discover, activities at the Olympic Day will include a Fun Run, which will consist of a five kilometre run and walk, wrestling, tug-of-war, rugby sevens, soccer, cricket, netball, board games, cycling and rugby.

This important event in our sports calendar will teach participants the values of Olympism, enable them to take part in interactive activities with approximately 20 Olympians and Paralympians who are attending and learn more about doping prevention among athletes. It will also raise awareness of good nutrition and good eating habits, enlighten participants on the top qualities of an athlete, encourage them to considersport as a career and showcase mobile test unit services.

Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: ÔÇ£This year’s Olympic Day main focus is on the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014, a recap on the performance that was displayed at the 2012 London Olympic games and in the main, Chad’s progression from Youth Olympic Games to Olympic Games. SASCOC looks forward to this event and encourages the youth to attend and interact with these athletes who will shed light on their achievements and how values made an impact in their lives.ÔÇØ

Regarding the Olympics, SASCOC once again calls upon applicants to submit their applications for the second cycle of The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Young Reporters Programme, a beneficial sports journalism training programme that will be held during the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

This Young Reporters’ initiative will bring 30 young reporters from five continents to the Youth Olympic Games from 16-28 August 2014, offering them homes in the Youth Olympic Village alongside the athletes, access to all the sports, andspecialised media training from senior sports journalists.

SASCOC is nominating two young reporters, one male and one female, to represent South Africa on the basis of performance and promise.

For more information visit the following link:
http://www.sascoc.co.za/2nd-ioc-young-reporters-programme-2014/

Meanwhile, SASCOC congratulates Patience Martina Shikwambana on her outstanding achievement!

Shikwambana (General Manager: Operations & NF’s Support Department) and pictured right, has successfully completed her one year Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management programme, which was concluded on 13 September 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland with a public presentation of MEMOS XVI project.

Her research topic was Comparison of Governance Practices of Four National Federations in South Africa; two National Federations were major (swimming and rugby) and the other two were minor (rowing and badminton).

The purpose of this study was mainly to explore the existence of good governance practice in these National Federations and to investigate the degree of level of knowledge and understanding of good governance.

Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: ÔÇ£We applaud Patience for excelling in her programme.┬áThis accomplishment goes a long way in finding solutions to the current challenges in governance within our federations. It will also educate members about the importance of good governance practices and ensuring their implementation.ÔÇØ

The course afforded Shikwambana a platform to share and learn important aspects of sport on a global scale as she interacted with other students from the world over.

SASCOC continues to offer support and educate their employees to ensure an improvement in skills development.


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