Having been appointed to a Sascoc sub-commission, Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka is relishing the opportunity of using her expertise to help the country’s promising stars to achieve at the highest level.
Lumka is serving on South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in a sport science, technology and research commission, which aims to improve levels in various sporting environments in the country.
“This is something I have always been interested in and it was not a big decision to accept the appointment,” she said.
“I have been part of teams who have designed and reviewed sport science information, protocols and processes for the country.”
Lumka said the commission were tasked with the assessment of existing technical and scientific protocols, covering such areas as performance testing, monitoring and health monitoring.
She has been involved in the commission’s work since February.
“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.”
Although the focus is on sports forums at a national level, Lumka said she felt there could be some benefits for Nelson Mandela University.
“There may be some benefits because we are in a position to assist with pilot programmes relating to the additions and upgrades to the system,” she said.