Sascoc appoints top advisor

2010-11-24 09:19

Dr Tony Kirkbride of CSIR Consulting and Analytical Services (CAS) was appointed as special advisor to Sascoc president Gideon Sam, at an inaugural coaching workshop held last weekend.

With the focus on achieving 12 medals at the Olympic Games in London in 2012, this appointment confirms the CSIR as a lead organisation in assisting national teams with sports technology interventions as they “go for gold”.

Kirkbride’s fellow advisors are SA football coach, Shakes Mashaba, SA Hockey’s Gary Dolley and Wayne Goldsmith, internationally-acclaimed sports coach and performance expert from Australia.

The CSIR’s sport technology unit within CAS, contributed to the coaching workshop through participation in a panel discussion and staging an exhibition of modern sports analysis tools and techniques.

The unit also video-taped the three day event for subsequent internet streaming using their in-house capacity.

Sascoc has made a concerted effort to enhance the coaching landscape in South Africa by establishing and driving international coaching standards.

A number of training and development interventions - such as the coaching conference this past weekend - bear testimony to this.

It is also acknowledged that specialist technologies make up a critical element of the sports performance enhancement mix - just as physical or tactical preparation might.

The vision of Sascoc is to create an effective, inclusive and cohesive coaching system that promotes transformation in an active and winning nation.

Kirkbride explained: “The application of science and engineering to sport play a vital role in seeking or defending those precious and ever decreasing winning margins.

“Coaches play a pivotal role in this process and sports technology is one ingredient that is playing an ever increasing part in talent management and is already making an impact over a wider range of athletes than ever before”.

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