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Update from Olympic House

September was another busy time for us here at Olympic House and it’s almost unbelievable to think that the year is almost coming to an end.

We got the month off to a hugely successful start far from home where we were in Auckland, New Zealand to be present for the exciting news that Durban, KwaZulu-Natal will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

A vast amount of research, planning and sheer blood, sweat and tears went into this bid and the thumbs-up from the Commonwealth nations justifies the hard slog by each and every person involved.

Now, that good work needs to be carried over to make sure that South Africa puts on the best Commonwealth Games to date.

Meanwhile we had two different South African multi-code teams in action around the globe.

Firstly our small team at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa truly excelled to end second on the medals table, our best ever finish to date.

All these athletes, coaches managers as well as General Team Management are to be patted on the back for a job well done.

And closer to home the seniors were doing their stuff at the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo. While the team failed to reproduce their table-topping performance of the previous Games in Maputo, Mozambique four years ago, this team still gave of their all under very challenging circumstances in terms of organisation and administration. The Games also showed us where a wide range of sporting codes are in preparation for next year’s Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

Back in South Africa we held another successful and well-attended Annual General Meeting at Olympic House.

Our President Gideon Sam has highlighted that as custodians of South African sport we have to continue to focus both on High Performance aspects as well as making sure that none of our talented young athletes are allowed to fall through the cracks once they are identified at grassroots level.

Lastly, SASCOC will join the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries in the inaugural Regional Coaching Conference being hosted by the Confederation of Southern African National Olympic Committees (COSANAC) and African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5.

The important event will run from 2-3 October 2015 at the Olympic Youth Development Centre, Lusaka, Zambia.

Being run under the theme, “Long Term Coach Development – Destination Tokyo 2020 – developing a Platform for sharing of knowledge between coaches in the Region,” the conference will provide a platform for coaches and stakeholders in sport to assemble and discuss implications for a more strategic, integrated and aligned system of athlete and coach development that will have a positive impact on athletes, coaches and sport organisations.

We wish you well in this last quarter of 2015!