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Camp set to boost women and girls’ sports development

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), in collaboration with the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture will host a Women and Girls Provincial Camp in Vanderkloof, Northern Cape from 29 November 1 December.

The camp which will be held in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign and ends on World AIDS Day is meant to further close the gender gap and the lack of progress and growth of the development and promotion of women and girls in sport.

This initiative will continue to help overcome the barriers that prohibit women and girls from actively engaging in all aspects of sport.

Running under the theme Today rather than tomorrow, slower, lower and smart, this women and girls camp is a pilot project which will also be initiated in the other eight provinces and before culminating in a national camp in 2015.

Approximately 90 participants from the civil society sector, schools, Further Education and Training institutions and Sports Role models are expected to attend the event. Kgothatso Montjane, ranked number seven internationally in wheelchair tennis will also be attending the camp to share her experiences as a young black woman with a disability.

Says, first Vice-President of SASCOC and Chairperson of the Women in Sport Commission, Ms Hajera Kajee: As a sports sector we have a responsibility to create equal opportunities for participation in sport and recreation with the emphasis on the disadvantaged and marginalised groups, including women, children, the youth, the elderly, persons with a disability and people living in rural areas. This Provincial camp for women and girls is a move to educate and encourage females to aim higher and achieve the best in sport and all other aspects of their lives.

MEC for the Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Ms Pauline J Williams adds: We render all our support towards this initiative indicating its strategic importance in advancing the course for gender mainstreaming and development ensuring that young women and girls are in the forefront towards the holistic development of Sport and Recreation in the country.

“The hosting of the Women and Girls Camp in the province on the eve of the 20 years of democracy in our country propels us to take stock of the strides and achievements we have made and still need to advance in the emancipation of women and children.

The main topics of discussion during the camp include: Effective communication skills, Anti-Doping and Testing, SASCOC mandate and programmes to improve Provincial sports, Arts and Culture and many more. It is envisaged that the participants will return to their provinces where they will implement various projects that will enhance sport in South Africa.