Olympian Elroy Gelant will be one of the speakers at the third Provincial Conference on Sport from September 30 to October 1 at NMMU’s George campus.
Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka said she was looking forward to getting an athlete’s perspective from Gelant, a finalist in the 5 000m in Rio.
She said we never really got the picture of what it took to prepare for an event like the Olympics.
The track athlete would also give attendees a sense of how to cope with setbacks as well as how to pick oneself up for another four-year cycle of training, said Lumka.
The conference will discuss the theme Olympism and is organised by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, George Municipality, Eden Sport Council and NMMU.
Lumka said Olympism meant having a balanced lifestyle, especially between sport, education and culture.
She said sport should not be seen in isolation, but as an integral part of developing people holistically.
“We want to have this conversation with the municipalities, schools, universities, sport federations and athletes to fully understand where the need is and what the different entities can provide.”
She said it was crucial that the different bodies came together to develop an integrated plan to keep sport moving forward.