Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka will head the University High Performance Sport Commission (UHPSC), which focuses on developing the country’s student-athletes.
This body is linked to the SASCOC High Performance Commission and her role will be to direct the activities of the UHPSC and guide the committee’s work.
Lumka said there were several functions the UHPSC was required to perform.
These include identifying areas where universities can assist high-performance athletes as well as facilitating access to scientific and technological assessments, sports science, technology and research and training and competition facilities.
She said it was also about managing the dual careers of student-athletes and ensuring the provision of special dispensations for elite athletes selected for national duty.
Lumka added she would be focusing on an “overview that can lead to a standardised system”.
“Most institutions operate with a closed-off mind because of their lack of experience. Very few bring a global view and this is something we would like to develop.”
She felt it was important for all levels of sport in SA to work together to develop sportsmen and women.
“Worldwide, the acceptable standard of developing a talented athlete pool base survives on all levels of education and sport being interlinked. At this stage there is no solid link between primary and high schools, and from high schools to tertiary education.
“I believe that, if we can remedy this situation, we would see a totally different Team South Africa competing on the international stage.”