1st ASPC African Sport Forum ends on a high note in Durban
Durban, South Africa – Day 2 marked the close of the 1st ASPC
African Sport Forum at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The
1st ASPC African Sport Forum was hosted by Association of Sport
Performance Centres (ASPC) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal
Department of Sport and Recreation. The event was also supported
by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
(SASCOC), the eThekwini Municipality and the Durban Chamber of
Commerce and Industry.
Day 2 covered the pathway to the podium, high performance and
leadership in sport and began with an athlete panel discussion
with past and present elite athletes discussing the initial topic
of the pathway to the podium.
The other topics for Day 2 included African Union Sports Council
(AUSC) Performance Pathway Programme presented by Stanley Mutoya,
CEO of the AUSC Region 5; World Ranking of Countries in Elite
Sport presented by Nadim Nassif, Assistant Professor in the
Department of Psychology, Education and Physical Education, Notre
Dame University; Understanding Accountability in Leadership
presented by Dr Phatho Cele-Zondi, CEO of the Sports Science
Institute of South Africa; and Building Leaders in Your
Organisation presented by Dale Henwood, President of the ASPC.
Each session was very interactive with each topic followed by a
related panel discussion.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi
Sithole-Moloi, said the Department was pleased with the progress
achieved over the past two days.
“We are confident that the past two days have been beneficial to
all sport practitioners who participated in the Forum
deliberations,” said Sithole-Moloi.
“The Forum included very important topics and empowerment
sessions that are relevant to our athletes, administrators and
technical officials. We appreciate the partnerships that have
been established and we are confident that these will go a long
way in charting a development pathway that is tailor-made for
African conditions,” concluded Sithole-Moloi.
Zandile Gumede, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, thanked all
delegates for their insight and participation at the Forum.
Gumede said, “With the ideas and experiences shared over the two
days, I am confident that together we will be able to take the
sports fraternity in Africa to greater heights and become world
“I hope that the young athletes have learnt a lot from this
session and they will go out there and continue to work hard to
ensure that they become leaders in their respective fields,”
Durban Chamber President, Musa Makhunga said that the Durban
Chamber remains committed to empowering people to become active
participants in our economy as well as providing access to
networks and markets as well as platforms that are conducive with
creating sustainable, inclusive economic growth.
“ASPC Workshop (Life After the Podium), created by the Durban
Chamber to empower athletes with the business and life skills to
continue to support themselves and their families after their
careers have ended is critical,” said Makhunga.
“Athletes already have the right attributes and qualities that
make people successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. All
they need is to be coached and equipped with the right skills,
tools and support to convert these attributes into business
success,” concluded Makhunga.
The Forum shared knowledge and best practice, through the
interactive programme of topics and related panel discussions,
with approximately 600 sports leaders, administrators, coaches
and athletes from KwaZulu-Natal and across the Continent over the
course of the 2-day 1st ASPC African Sport Forum as well as the
ASPC Workshop (Life After the Podium) which ran in parallel to
Day 1 of the Forum.
Dr Kevin Subban, ASPC Continental Vice-President for Africa,
brought the final day of the Forum to a close by thanking all the
delegates for attending and the speakers and panellists for
contributing to the wealth of knowledge and experience shared at
the Forum and the Workshop.
Subban said, “A special thank you for the KwaZulu-Natal
Department of Sport and Recreation for recognising the importance
of hosting this Forum on the Continent and for giving its full
support in the journey that led up to hosting the Forum and the
“I would also like to thank, the South African Sports
Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the eThekwini
Municipality and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry for
contributing to the Forum and the Workshop,” added Subban.
“The sporting community in Africa needs to now apply the lessons
learnt and knowledge shared at the Forum, and to capitalise on
the goodwill fostered through the connections and networks made
at the 1st ASPC African Sport Forum,” said Subban.
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About the Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC)
The international ASPC is an association of over 90 Olympic
Training centres and High-Performance Sports Organisations.
Every two years they hold a training and development conference
called the International Forum on Elite Sport and on alternate
years the ASPC hosts Continental Forum’s on each of the major
continents, with the 1st ASPC African Sport Forum being the
first in Africa.
About the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Founded in 1856, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is
the largest member-based metropolitan chamber in South Africa
and advocates on behalf of and represents the eThekwini business
community as the “voice of business in Durban”. The Durban
Chamber’s strategic purpose is to help create a conducive
economic and business environment to facilitate and promote
economic growth in the region in partnership with key
stakeholders. For more information, visit
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