President's Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

With the 2014 Commonwealth Games drawing ever closer, we are seeing some great performances by our athletes and if we maintain this pace, we should not only do well in Glasgow but also lay a good platform for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Just a few of the encouraging sporting achievements I’ve noticed recently are Wian Sullwald’s great victory in the World Cup triathlon event in Chengdu, China at the weekend. This young man was part of Team SA at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore four years ago and went on to become a junior world championÔǪ watch this youngster in the senior ranks!

Also great to see were our para-cyclists whose seven medals at the UCI World Cup event in Italy is one of the best returns by an SA cycling team ever.

Staying on the para-sport front and London Paralympians Hilton Langenhoven and Tebogo Mokgalagadi did us proud by winning all four of their events at the Desert Challenge Games in Arizona and winning four gold medals between them.

Then there was our Amajita Under-20 side who returned triumphant from a rather testing away assignment in Ethiopia for soccer’s 2015 African Youth Championships qualifier.

Another exciting occasion was the launch of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League which should give our netballing stars a whole lot more and much-needed game time against top opposition

Away from the field of play and the honouring of some sporting greats of yesteryear was well received by all who attended the glittering gala dinner at Olympic House recently. Some of the awardees became quite emotional and one can understand why, because when there was nothing to really assist non-racial sport in the previous dispensation, these men and women stood up to be counted.

It was therefore fitting to call them back to say thank-you on behalf of those who are today enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula spent time praising these heroes and heroines of the sports struggle. Going forward and we want to go to all the provinces and honour those who could not come to Olympic House to receive their awards.

Now that the 2014 National Elections are done and dusted, it is time to go back and see how we  are going to up the pace of development and transformation.

We really should not spend time on spats that will take our country’s sports nowhere. Our various Presidents are set to meet in June and the issues raised in the media will be dealt with. Naturally, we prefer to use our Presidents’ Councils to look at where we should improve as administrators in sport.