Camp gives women boost

2017-08-02 06:03
The Endurocad team with the girls selected for the training camp.Photo: Supplied

The Endurocad team with the girls selected for the training camp.Photo: Supplied

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South Africa’s high-performance sports academy, Endurocad, recently held its first women-only skills training and assessment camp. Olympic medallist Elana van Zyl-Meyer, CEO of Endurocad, says this is a move towards giving South Africa’s small pool of female athletes the opportunity to have a world-class career.

Endurocad is a non-profit organisation that offers all South African distance runners the chance to become world-class athletes through comprehensive training programmes. At the women-only Endurocad-run camp in May, over 20 young female athletes from across South Africa underwent vigorous training and assessment at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. The camp was held over three days and covered a broad variety of skills, as well as comprehensive testing, including psychological, medical and physical. “We had sports scientists, psychologists, coaches and doctors on hand to evaluate all the athletes and to oversee the different evaluation components,” says Van Zyl-Meyer.

Endurocad selected 14 young women to participate in the upcoming programme that focuses on women’s development and leadership. They are Lyndi Roelofse, Shanley Koekemoer, Liza Kellerman, Cara du Preez, Fina Dube, Dipuo Mashihi, Glenrose Xaba, Lee-Anne Blake, Casey Bosman, Anneken Viljoen, Almi Jordaan, Chante Dippenaar, Kayla de Waal and Elné Conradie.

“We’re aiming to get all these girls, who are mostly in high school, to the next level and enable them to represent South Africa and do well at IAAF championships,” says Van Zyl-Meyer.

The next under 20 championship will take place in July 2018 and it will be held in Tampere, Finland.

“Ultimately we want to see more women getting medals at championships and qualify as IAAF gold label athletes,” says van Zyl-Meyer.

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