Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release  No: Prime1610

 20 Apr 2016

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Written by: Nick Tatham

EADP grows in stature with fresh athlete intake

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 province.

“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 rehabilitation.”

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,” commented Jackson.

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.

For more information visit www.eadp.co.za 


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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. Jethro Snyders/
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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 Recreation). Jethro Snyders/
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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 (Olympics). Jethro Snyders/
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