KZN Athletics president, Sello Mokoena announced today that the federation will be hosting a special coaching symposium on the 8th and 9th of December 2012 in a drive to help develop coaching in each of the province’s districts.
According to Mokoena, the symposium was organized when KZN Sport & Recreation MEC, Ms Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha urged provincial athletics federations to produce results as return on public investment allocated to provincial federations each year.
“Ms. Sibhidla-Saphetha has expressed the need for provincial federations to play a larger role in development at grass root, as well as with elite athletes; athletes that could potentially go to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
KZN Athletics plans to develop at least ten Olympians from Kwazulu-Natal alone, and this coaching symposium will set the wheels in motion for us” said Mokoena.
The symposium, sponsored by the DSR, will provide a platform for KZN Athletics officials and coaches from around KZN to come up with a solid coaching structure, as well as a coaching and training plan for those athletes.
“Athletics South Africa has negotiated a structured IAAF levels 1 & 2 coaching programme to be offered in South Africa in 2013, while we would like to take advantage of this opportunity, we believe out there in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal lies athletics germ-stones waiting to be discovered, developed and nurtured to become the best in the world, it is for this reason that we felt a coaching development programme that will include all 11 districts should be the starting point.
We believe that the successful development of talented athletes rests with their coaches’ ability to train them correctly and look after their health, fitness and welfare over a significant period of time.
We would like to develop a solid four year plan, and if we stick to it, we are sure to identify the province’s most talented athletes and help them develop into Olympic athletes” said Mokoena.
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Sello Mokoena (centre), President of KZN Athletics with two local athletes.