Global sports performance
conference going for gold in Durban
Durban - The Local Organising Committee of the 10th
International Forum on Elite Sport is pleased to announce that
delegates from 38 countries have started arriving in Durban in
anticipation of this premier sporting conference to be held from
Thursday 24th to Saturday the 26th of August 2017.
The International Forum on Elite Sport is a gathering of global
experts on high performance sports. Speakers and delegates are
drawn from the highest levels of sport across the world to
participate in a leadership and professional development
conference for Olympic Training Centers and High Performance
The conference takes place every two years and the theme for
this year’s Forum is “Sustainable Performance” with a special
focus on African sport development.
“KwaZulu-Natal is an active province with a rich sporting
heritage and diverse cultural landscape," Ms Bongi Sithole-Moloi,
MEC for Sport & Recreation for Kwazulu-Natal said.
The conference is being hosted on the African continent for the
first time ever and the Iconic Moses Mabidha Stadium precinct,
home to Prime Human Performance Institute which has organized
the conference, will be the central location for the conference,
underscoring the City's commitment to and reputation as a first
class host of international sporting events.
Dale Henwood, President of the global Association of Sport
Performance Centers (ASPC) has emphasized that the primary focus
of the biennial forum is to share learnings and transfer
“The Forum provides a means of discussing and open sharing of
common issues and solutions with people working in the field of
elite sport and at high performance centres.
"In this time of increased globalization we endeavor to find
ways of strengthening the bonds between centres devoted to elite
sport through involving leaders with common business interests
and addressing mutual challenges.
"We are able to leverage each other’s expertise, resources and
insights around areas of common concern and seek fresh
perspectives on these challenges.
"There is a constant need to develop new knowledge, a new
mindset, new approaches, or new leadership skills.”
The high-level line up of conference speakers at the Forum
includes illustrious names in international sport who are
experts in their areas of specialisation. This includes some of
the leading sports figures that South Africa has fielded on the
world stage such as Ayanda Dlamini (former Banyana Banyana
player), Sean Pollock and Gary Kirsten (former cricket
internationals) and Roger Barrow (International Rowing Coach of
The Year), among others.
International speakers include Francesc Cos (Head of Innovation
for FC Barcelona), Dr. Akshai Mansingh (Dean of Sports Science
at the University of the West Indies and Usain Bolt's Doctor),
Gael Gulheim (Head Of INSEP’s Tech LAB, a facility that produced
80% of France's medals at the Rio Olympics) as well as John
Underwood (US Navy Seals Performance Consultant), among others.
Sessions will include presentations on leadership, resource
management, athlete development, innovation and technology,
women in sport, anti-doping strategies and more.
“One very exciting element of the conference is that we have
found a way to ensure that the legacy of the conference is
assured,” said Brendon Goodenough, Chairperson of the Local
Organising Committee of the 10th International Forum on Elite
Sport and Managing Director of Prime Human Performance
“Prime Human Performance Institute is committed to ensuring
sustainable performance and involvement at grassroots level in
South Africa after the event.
"Special workshops run by these global experts at the conference
will add unique value for local sports administrators and
international equipment donations to the value of R1m have been
secured for district schools and sports academies in areas of
For further details on the conference and other speakers, please
CONTACT: Ms Taweni Gondwe Xaba
10th International Forum on Elite Sport
+27 (0) 720232552 /