North-West University in Potchefstroom staged SASCOC's high-performance conference ©SASCOC

The South African Sports Confederation, Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SASCOC) has held a high-performance conference at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, aimed at planning the further development of sport in the country.

Commissions representing athletes, the medical profession, universities, logistics and funding delivered presentations at the conference.

SASCOC was represented by President Barry Hendricks, new chief executive Nozipho Jafta, second vice-president Debbie Alexander and Board members Kim Pople and Khotso Mokoena.

Mokoena earned a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the men's long jump, and chairs SASCOC's Athletes' Commission.

Hendricks explained the importance of the event to SASCOC plans to develop sport.

"This workshop is all about taking South African sport to the next level and it's all happening in your city [Potchefstroom]," the SASCOC President commented.

The two-day event featured presentations from various SASCOC Commissions ©SASCOC
The two-day event featured presentations from various SASCOC Commissions ©SASCOC

"It's all good news and you're part of history.

"While there are stakeholders present here in this University, others have also joined us virtually, contributing immensely to the way forward in South African sport."

Gaba Ka Qhele, the Executive Mayor of the JB Marks Local Municipality, welcomed the officials from the National Olympic Committee to Potchefstroom.

"We really appreciate SASCOC being here, and being here to work with us and also to offer guidance in other areas," the Executive Mayor said.

"Sport has many spinoffs, some of them economic and we have a strong relationship with SASCOC.

"SASCOC is a special stakeholder in our vision for our city and it’s with thanks to them that Potch was chosen as the city, and North West University as the venue, to hold such important strategy sessions that will impact the future of sport."

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