KwaZulu-Natal to host
prestigious International Sport Forum in 2017
Durban - The city of Durban will become the first African host
venue for the prestigious International Forum on Elite Sport in
August, which will bring together some of the leader in sporting
thought from around the world.
This year will mark the 10th edition of the International Forum
on Elite Sport which is held every two years by the Association
of Sport Performance Centers (ASPC), an international grouping
of Olympic training centres and high performance sports
Prime Human Performance Institute, which is a member of the ASPC,
submitted a bid, together with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of
Sport and Recreation, SASCOC and eThekwini Municipality, to host
the 10th Forum in Durban in 2015. Durban were announced as
winners, beating Barcelona and Helsinki for the rights to host
It’s a major coup for South African sport that the City of
Durban is hosting this prestigious event which was first held in
Sydney, Australia 16 years ago. Previous hosts include Sydney,
Beijing, Barcelona, Paris, Montreal and Rio de Janeiro.
“An essential component of developing podium athletes is the
development of podium coaches and podium administrators," said
Brendon Goodenough, Chairman of the Durban Forum Local
Organizing committee. "The Forum will assist with this, giving
our local coaches, athletes and administrators access to this
international conference and an international network of sports
The theme for the Forum is “Sustainable Performance” and some of
the current leaders in high performance sport will be addressing
issues around this topic to ensure that athlete development is
both sustainable and cost effective.
The Forum has secured a number of world class speakers from
across the globe, including a number of South Africa’s most
influential sporting personalities, coaches and trainers. The
programme includes addresses from Gary Kirsten, Amanda Dlamini,
Shaun Pollock, Dr Patho Cele-Zondi and Doug Ryder, among others.
International speakers include sports scientists from FC
Barcelona, High Performance Sport New Zealand and the
International Olympic Committee, as well as members of the 2016
Rio Olympic Games committee and the upcoming Gold Coast 2018
Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising
Over 10 targeted workshops will cover topics ranging from
Coaching Development to Women in Sport and Talent
“In the constantly evolving world we are always looking at ways
of ensuring that South Africa is part of the bigger global
picture in the quest for sporting excellence," Gideon Sam,
SASCOC President commented. "As economies the world over feel
the pinch, this, the 10th International Forum on Elite Sport is
just one way of doing exactly that.
"There’s no doubt that this event is going to filter all the way
down through South African sport and issues like athletes’
development should duly benefit from the robust and intense
sharing of global sporting knowledge and expertise.”
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the initiative and
expressed pride in the fact that eThekwini will be the first
City in Africa to host the prestigious 10th International Forum
on Elite Sport.
“As we strive to place our City as Africa’s sports and events
capital, such conferences only prove that we are more than
capable to successfully host international events of high
stature,” she said.
Gumede added that she has no doubt that this conference will be
a great opportunity for local athletes to learn and exchange
ideas with other international experts in various fields of
sports and recreation.
The KZN Department of Sport and Recreation views the global
event as the next milestone in its coaching and athlete
development programme and Elite Athlete Development Programme.
Support for such events is an opportunity to invest further in
our fast growing base of talented athletes and coaches which is
another contribution by the department to radical economic
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