Sport forum ends on a high note

Addressing the closing session of the ASPC African Sport Forum are Josep Escoda, Chief International Relations - Innovation and Development at CAR (Centre d'Alt Rendiment), Dale Henwood, Global President of the ASPC, and Dr Kevin Subban, ASPC Continental vice-president for Africa. PHOTO: Aileen Borrajeiro/Gameplan Media

THE 1st ASPC African Sport Forum at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last week was a resounding success.

The forum was hosted by Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation and was also supported by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the eThekwini Municipality and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, said the Department was pleased with the progress achieved at the forum.

“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, thanked all delegates for their insight and participation at the forum.

“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 leaders. 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,” she said.

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Durban Chamber President, Musa Makhunga said that the Durban Chamber remains committed to empowering people to become active participants in the economy and to providing access to networks and markets that are conducive to 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.

He said 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.

 

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