Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
EADP grows in stature with fresh
Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation
backed Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) has named the
new list of athletes that will be on the programme for the
2016/2017 year with a large portion of the province’s up and
coming athletes retaining their spot on the elite sport
initiative, or being added to the line-up.
The base at the Prime Human Performance Institute has become a
breeding ground for the province’s best athletes but Prime HPI
Director Dennis Jackson believes that a lot of the success of the
programme lies in the use of satellite stations throughout the
“The federations have done a huge amount in terms of finding new
athletes in the outlying areas of the province,” Jackson said.
“It is exciting that they have been able to scout and identify
talent in the rural areas and put those names forward to be
included on the programme.
“Their scouting process has gone well and this has given these
athletes the opportunity to engage with us and make use of the
numerous service providers that we have throughout the province
when getting to Durban becomes an issue.
“We have biokineticists and physiotherapists throughout the
province from Ladysmith to Zululand so we are able to identify a
station closest to them that they can use for training as well as
One of the standout athletes that has been included in the
programme is South Africa 200m star Anaso Jobodwana and Jackson
believes that having world class athletes like him choosing
Durban as a base is encouraging.
“It is great that we are able to help someone of the calibre of
Anaso is really exciting and it shows the faith that he sees in
what we do here at Prime.
“It really does give the high performance centre some credibility
having Anaso on the Elite Athlete Development Programme and
hopefully it will lead to more athletes using Durban as their
high performance destination of choice leading into Durban 2022,”
The intake for the coming year has huge potential as the
programme continues to provide the athletes with all the means
necessary to become the best athletes in their field. Having
already five qualified athletes for the Rio Olympic Games there
is proof that the programme has been successful.
“We have got an intake of about 20-25 new athletes on the
programme for the next year which include some of the most
exciting young athletes like canoeists Jean van der Westhuyzen
and Kyeta Purchase.
“Matthew Meyer, who is in matric, has qualified for the Olympics.
He has been training at Prime for some and will now be part of
the EADP for 2016.
“The 400 meter runner Zoe Engler has returned to the programme
this year. She is hoping to qualify for Rio in the women’s 4x400m
relay team which would be great,” a positive Jackson added.
Getting athletes into peak physical condition for competition is
the main aim of the programme and with a number of the athletes
coming from rural areas getting them up to speed with the rest of
the athletes is paramount.
“We have already starting with the screening and the testing
processes as we try and gauge where the athletes are physically
before we develop training regimes for each of them individually.
“Although a number of them will make use mostly of the satellite
stations throughout the province they will be required to come
into Prime three of four times a year for testing and monitoring
as we continue to track their performance,” Jackson explained.
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The Head of
Department at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and
Recreation, Mrs Rohini Naidoo addressed athletes and coaches at
the recent induction of athletes into the Elite Athlete
Development Programme for the 2016/2017 year.
Some of the Elite
Athlete Development Programme athletes were joined by invited
guests (from left): Alec Skhosana (President of Athletics South
Africa), Graham Hill (swimming coach), Kevin Paul (Paralympic
swimmer), Michelle Webber (Long distance swimmer), Calvyn Justus
(Olympic swimmer), Myles Brown (Olympic swimmer) and Rohini
Naidoo (Head of Department, KZN Department of Sport and
Three of the Elite
Athlete Development Programme's swimmers that have qualified for
the Paralympics and Olympics were on the panel at the recent
athlete induction ceremony, (from left): Kevin Paul
(Paralympics), Calvyn Justus (Olympics) and Myles Brown
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