NMU sports boss happy to take on Sas­coc post

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT -

MADIBAZ di­rec­tor of sport Yoliswa Lumka has al­ways been in­ter­ested in getting the best out of sports­men and women and her appointment to a Sas­coc sub-com­mis­sion has given her an­other op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue her pas­sion.

Ap­proached by the South African Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee to serve on their sport sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and re­search com­mis­sion, Lumka said she had no hes­i­ta­tion in ac­cept­ing the po­si­tion.

“This is some­thing I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in and it was not a big de­ci­sion to ac­cept the appointment.

“Not a lot of peo­ple are called up to serve their coun­try be­cause of their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence so I’m very proud to be serv­ing on this com­mis­sion,” Lumka, who be­came head of sport at Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity in 2015, said.

Hav­ing been part of SA’s high-per­for­mance sys­tem since 2008, she said she felt she had the qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence to add value to the body.

“I have been part of teams who have de­signed and re­viewed sport sci­ence in­for­ma­tion, pro­to­cols and pro­cesses for the coun­try.”

Lumka said the com­mis­sion was tasked with the assess­ment of ex­ist­ing tech­ni­cal and sci­en­tific pro­to­cols, cov­er­ing such ar­eas as per­for­mance test­ing, mon­i­tor­ing and health mon­i­tor­ing.

“We will need to re­view the ex­ist­ing doc­u­ments and up­date th­ese for the com­ing Olympic cy­cle.”

Pro­to­cols cov­er­ing re­search-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties with rel­e­vance to Sas­coc-af­fil­i­ated events and ath­lete data also re­sorted un­der the com­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to her.

“Sas­coc’s man­date as per the Na­tional Sport and Re­cre­ation Plan is to de­velop and run the high-per­for­mance struc­ture of the coun­try.”

She said their ob­jec­tive was to use the sci­ence of sport to as­sist in pro­duc­ing the best na­tional ath­letes that they could.

“We are busy re­view­ing ath­lete mon­i­tor­ing pro­to­cols and pro­cesses with the na­tional fed­er­a­tions and high-per­for­mance cen­tres coun­try­wide.

“The aim is to see if all na­tional fed­er­a­tions have mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems in place and that the test­ing cen­tres and providers are us­ing stan­dard­ised sys­tems in their sup­port pro­vi­sion.”

While Lumka nat­u­rally has sport at Madibaz as her top pri­or­ity, she said the work with Sas­coc was largely based on im­prov­ing ath­letes on the na­tional stage.

How­ever, she felt there could be some spin-offs for Man­dela Univer­sity.

“There may be some ben­e­fits be­cause we could as­sist with pi­lot pro­grammes re­lat­ing to the ad­di­tions and up­grades to the sys­tem.”

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