Sports conference discusses power of sport

2013-08-06 00:00

LAST week, Hilton College hosted the Independent Schools’ Sports Conference and 110 delegates from schools around South Africa attended.

“The changing face of sport within the context of the school environment is at the top of the agenda in most independent schools around the world,” Hilton College’s Paul Guthrie told The Witness yesterday.

“While some may have predicted a paradigm shift, no one could have predicted the rapidity of the changing school sports landscape.”

The Independent Schools’ Sports Conference (ISSC) brought together members of the academic community, professional organisations and practitioners from the sports industry.

Among the topics discussed were sports leadership and management, sport science and medicine, sport coaching and physical education, and sports injury and healthcare — within the general theme of providing leadership in school sport.

The ISSC conference also provided delegates with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the power of sport in bringing about social change — and the role of sport in developing society.

“There are a variety of different training and lifestyle philosophies around the world, and this conference brought together some of the proponents of such approaches in an attempt to help delegates remain current and relevant in the lives of our athletes,” said Guthrie.

“Delegates in attendance at the ISSC conference sent a very strong message, a message that demonstrates their intention to continuously improve, and to continuously develop, a better understanding of the dynamic and ever-changing world of sport.”

Some of the keynote speakers at the conference were Shaun Pollock, former Proteas captain and all-rounder; Gary Kirsten, former SA opening batsman and former coach of India and the Proteas; Toby Sutcliffe, CEO of the High Performance Centre at UP-Tuks; Johan Volsteedt, retired headmaster of Grey College; Dr Glenn Hagemann (Sharks medical); Theo Garrun (school sport journalist); Dr Soezin Krog of Unisa; and Shane Gaffney, the director of sport at Hilton College.

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