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SAGF announces new president and vice-president
- Updated: June 20, 2016
The South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) has named Elizabeth Cameron Smith and Donny Jurgens as new president and vice-president, elected at the Quadrennial General Meeting, in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Elizabeth Cameron Smith is a former SAGF CEO, while Clive Naidoo was elected as second vice-president.
Cameron Smith has been involved in the sport for 49 years, initially in the capacity as coach, judge, technical official, administrator, and later board member. She served as CEO of the Federation for 16 years, and has been instrumental in the growth of the sport.
Her desire has been to make gymnastics accessible to all people in South Africa, paving the way for members from gymnasts, coaches, judges, volunteers, to the SAGF staff, to reach their dreams through gymnastics.
Jurgens is a seasoned sports administrator. He was a founder member of the National Sports Council and one of the first commissioners on the SA Sports Commission, which later evolved into SASCOC and Sport and Recreation South Africa.
He has had successful stints at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, the international NGO Sports Coaches Outreach and the City of Cape Town, before establishing himself as a development consultant. He has been a supporter of gymnastics for many years, having started off as a senior sports administrator at the UCT Gymnastics Club, evolving to chairperson of the LOC for the 2nd World Gym for Life Challenge in 2013.
Naidoo has been a SAGF Board Member since 2009 to present. He has served on the SAGF Constitution Committee since 2008, being instrumental in leading SAGF Constitutional Development. A qualified Aerobics Brevet Judge of FIG Level 2 status, Clive has officiated at Aerobic World Championships level and Africa Games on numerous occasions.
The three new members, an additional nine Provincial Representatives, an Athlete’s Representative and the CEO will formulate the 14member Executive Committee, which will oversee the Federation activities.
Cameron Smith takes over the Presidency from Jerry Masia, who served in this position for 17 years. Honorary Life Vice Presidency has been bestowed upon Masia, with former board member, Isabel van Achterbergh, also been awarded as an Honorary Life Member.
Said Cameron Smith: ‘I am humbled at the great honour bestowed on me by the gymnastics fraternity. With the assistance of its members, I hope that through positive leadership and service I will help to grow the sport of gymnastics further, building on the good foundation laid by my predecessors.’