Leading global speakers to
tackle sustainable performance and resource management in sport
Durban - As resource constraints continue to be the
biggest stumbling block to sport development, particularly in
the developing world, the 10th International Forum on Elite
Sport opening in Durban on Thursday 24 August is set to tackle
the thorny subject of sport development at grassroots level.
“Based on the current circumstances in South Africa, Prime Human
Performance Institute chose the theme of Sustainable Performance
for the 10th Forum of the Association of Sports Performance
Centres (ASPC),” confirms Dr Kevin Subban, member of the Local
Organising Committee and past Head of the Medical Commission for
the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
“Faced with several developmental challenges, the South African
Government has prioritised the delivery of basic needs such as
water, housing, healthcare, education and others. Compounded by
high levels of unemployment and poverty, the government is also
focused on growing the local economy and attracting foreign
investments to enhance job creation.
Against this national backdrop, limited resources are available
for Sport Development. Of course, the lack of resources for
sport development is not unique to South Africa but is common to
most African countries and generally in developing countries,”
However, despite these constraints, many sporting federations
competing as Team South Africa are still able to achieve
significant accolades on the global stage. At the recent IAAF
World Championships in London, South Africa performed
In the final results, Kenya came second, South Africa third and
Ethiopia finished seventh, placing the three countries in the
top 10 on the medals table.
“For South Africa, these results could be attributed to the
world class coaches as well as good medical and scientific
support present in the country,” says Subban.
High levels of dedication, sporting talent, medical expertise
and the passion for sport haves allowed our South African
athletes to perform at the highest level.”
Presentations by visiting global
experts at the conference will share intelligence on how to
manage scarce resources, strengthening athlete support on and
off the field, talent identification and overcoming adversity.
Workshops to be attended by local coaches and sport
administrators will have a special focus on school sports and
coaching, among other topics. Part of the legacy of the
conference is a generous donation from conference partner Power
Plate who have brought in sports equipment to the value of R1m
for district schools and sports academies in areas of need.
To further deepen its impact on the African sporting scene, the
Forum has partnered with African mobile communications company
Vodacom to live stream the full three days of the conference.
“This is the first time that Africa is hosting this prestigious
conference and we are committed to leveraging this platform to
facilitate access to the content of the conference to delegates
across the continent who are unable to afford the cost of
attending in person,” said Brendon Goodenough, Chairperson of
the LOC and Managing Director of Prime Human Performance
Institute, announcing the development.
“We are excited to be involved in this project,” says Imran
Khan, Executive Head of Sales and Marketing for Vodacom.
“South Africa is a sport loving nation and live streaming this
conference locally and abroad will provide vital access to
content. It will also give us the opportunity to transfer
technical skills to young media production talent who are part
of a project of Boston Media House and DoTV Africa.”
The live video streaming can be followed at can be
The Moses Mabhida Stadium precinct, home to Prime Human
Performance Institute which has organized the conference, will
be the central location for the conference, underscoring Durban
City's commitment to and reputation as a first class host of
international sporting events.
For further details on the conference and other speakers, please
CONTACT: Ms Taweni Gondwe Xaba
10th International Forum on Elite Sport
+27 (0) 720232552 /