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Update from Olympic House

The month of June is an important month as we celebrate Youth Day.

Our youth, including our athletes who mostly fall under that category, are the future leaders of tomorrow so we wish them a Happy Youth Day!

It has been a fruitful first half of the year in terms of South African Sport and we at SASCOC continue to support our athletes and work collaboratively with all of our National Federations to ensure they excel in all the various events they participate in.

Our sportsmen and women have been particularly busy of late. We must extend our congratulations to Gift Kehele and Caroline Wostmann who placed first and second respectively at this year’s Comrades Marathon event.

In the same light, our athletes have shone in their various competitions recently, achieving new records. Anaso Jobodwana ran a new 200m track record, young SA javelin athlete Rocco van Rooyen threw the fourth best effort in SA athletics whilst decathlete, Willem Coertzen achieved the African record in Austria.

Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman recently made the top 10 in London sprint triathlon whilst SA archers won silver in the team prize at a World Cup in Turkey. In para-sport Justine Asher also won two gold medals at the cycling World Cup in Italy whilst Greg Minnaar won a World Cup downhill event in Scotland.

As the 2016 Rio qualifying World Championships continue, we are delighted with the great performances being displayed by the teams.

Meanwhile, we are busy finalising our preparations for the Commonwealth Youth Games and African Games, which will both take place in September this year.

To that effect, the Chef de Mission (CdM), Ms Ezera Tshabangu, together with one of the Project team members, has just returned from the CdM meeting, which was held in Brazzaville, Congo from 5 to 7 June 2015. Based on the meeting, there is great improvement and progress in relation to the Games infrastructure.

The presentations made were much better than the initial ones in February, and only a few issues still need attention with regards to systems and logistics of the Local Organising Committee.

Moving to the Coach Development department we have been making positive strides to improve our coaching programmes. The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Programme took place from 25-29 May 2015 in KwaZulu-Natal and this was the first province to host the programme in view of their expression of interest and assistance with funding. Two categories of Provincial Coach Developer (PCD) and Assistant Coach for the RPL assessment were conducted.

Four National Federations had candidates in KZN that qualified for the RPL assessment based on their theory and practical components of their RPL assessment. Ten PCD from these National Federations: Netball South Africa (NSA), South African Football Association (SAFA), South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) candidates together with their 133 assistant coaches underwent the assessment for the RPL programme in order to be conferred a designation. Around 160 delegates represented their respective federations and organisations.

Overall, the workshop was successful with members of the SASCOC RPL panel, KZN Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), KZN Provincial Sport Council (PSC) interim chairperson, NSA’s Vice-president and executive members and NF Coaching leads from (ASA, SAFA and NSA) in attendance.

Raymond Hack, chairperson of the SASCOC anti-doping section, Marc Peltier Director of Sports Law Centre member of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and South African Institute for Drug free Sport (SAIDS) were part of the presenters for the Programme and their presentations educated the delegates and contributed to the success of the workshop.

SASCOC continues to devise programmes that enhance our sporting expertise in order to match the international standards.