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Sunday November 20, 2011

By Gareth Duncan

The historic coaching framework conference came to a close on Sunday afternoon, but SASCOC president Gideon Sam and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula believe the weekend’s programme will be a start of a revolution in South African sport.

Day three saw a fitting finish to this breakthrough development venture. UK consultant Christina Dennis introduced her theory of a strong and positive mindset, Dr Frank Dick (OBE) summed up the importance of the overall initiative and other foreign advisors Pat Duffy and Istvan Balyi also gave their final input.

Several national coaches and managers shared their 2012 Olympic qualifying plans and preparation leading into the London Games. SA Rowing are hopeful of two medals, SA boxing believe three are mandate while SA Swimming confirmed they’ll only take a team of athletes who have a chance of achieving podium finishes. The sporting federation leaders and coaches in the audience were also given the opportunity to ask questions before returning home to implement the coaching framework principles.

SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy closed official proceedings by stating that the coaching framework can only be successful with the help of all the respective federations. He then read the declaration, which was signed by everyone at the conference, before awarding certificates to the project partners, sponsors, consultants and workmen.

Sam and Mbalula then urged all those in attendance to make this initiative a success, which would strengthen South African sport.

‘I’m confident that this is what South African sport has been looking for. As we heard from Pat Duffy, this is ground-breaking project which has not been done in the world before. Go out there and use this tool,’ said Sam, who also confirmed that there will be another coaching framework conference in November next year and encouraged more coaches to attend. ‘Next year we expect a bigger venue, for you are going to form the backbone of South African sport.’

Mbalula closed the event by saying: ‘Tomorrow is the start of the Sports Indaba. We don’t want anymore theories. As a nation we must move together. What we do today will determine our sports industry.

‘We need to take our sport to another level. I am confident that in the next 20 years, South Africa will never be the same. We need to have more action, less talk. From Sports and Recreation South Africa, I thank you all for being here and showing your initiative to take South african sport further.’

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula signs declaration



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