BACKGROUND AIM AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ELITE SPORT
After the success of the 1st Association for Sport Performance Center’s (ASPC) International Forum on Elite Sport, held in Sydney, Australia in 1999 and Forum II which was held in Barcelona, Spain in 2001, it was evident that there was a need to have a common place for the leaders of high performance training centres and related organizations that work in the field of elite sport to exchange experiences and information. There was a real desire to drive excellence in sport and improve competition by sharing knowledge and ideas.
The ASPC has grown substantially since these early days and now includes over 75 Olympic/Paralympic Training Centers and High Performance Sport Institutes from across the globe, supporting over 10,000 top athletes on a daily basis. Through the Centres and Institutes, athletes and their coaches are provided with the services, support and expertise they need on a daily basis to prepare for major international competitions and to elevate their perfromances.
The primary focus of the biennial Forum is to build comaraderie, share learnings and transfer knowledge, which are hallmarks of the ASPC. Within each organization there are leaders who are building ‘pockets of greatness’ and there is a shared understanding of the importance of helping others. ASPC members feel that we succeed only when we help others succeed. Learning and exchange are the greatest and most effective investment to make you better. As such, the Forum is an excellent opportunity to invest in your own development. The Forum provides a means of discussing and open sharing of common issues and solutions with people working in the field of elite sport and at high performance centres.
In this time of increased globalization we endeavor to find ways of enlarging the bonds between Centers devoted to elite sports and involving leaders in the same business and addressing similar challenges. We are able to leverage each other’s expertise, resources and insights around areas of common concern and seek fresh perspectives on these challenges. There is a constant need to develop new knowledge, a new mindset, new approaches, or new leadership skills. Come join us.
At the ASPC, elite sport is our profession and elite sport is our passion!
Association of Sport Performance Centers
Calgary, August 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE MEC FOR SPORT AND RECREATION, KWAZULU-NATAL MS BONGI SITHOLE-MOLOI
The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is proud to be hosting the 10th International Forum on Elite Sport in August this year.
KwaZulu-Natal is an active province with a rich sporting heritage and diverse cultural landscape. We warmly welcome all delegates of the 10th Forum to Durban, Africa’s Sporting Capital.
It is our hope that the Forum will enrich the lives of all who will attend and that it will create opportunities to further develop sport within our Province, throughout Africa and globally, through the sharing of knowledge and ideas.
The late Nelson Mandela highlighted the role that sport has to play in Nation Building, he is quoted as saying “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
May you find inspiration, unity and hope during your stay in the Kingdom of the Zulu.
Ms Bongi Sithole-Moloi
MEC for Sport and Recreation
Province of KwaZulu-Natal
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF DURBAN ZANDILE GUMEDE
Durban is a vibrant city with a rich cultural and sporting heritage and we are proud to be hosting the 10th International Forum on Elite Sport in August this year.
We welcome the Forum and Forum Delegates to our beautiful City and trust that you will have a wonderful experience with us. We are grateful for the opportunities that the Forum will create in furthering sport development internationally and within our City and country as a whole. We feel that the Forum theme of Sustainable Performance is highly relevant and captures the essence of our sporting objectives in Africa.
In August we celebrate Women’s Month in South Africa and as a City we invite you to celebrate with us as we highlight the important role that Women play in Sport and as we strive to continually improve the experience of women in sport.
We look forward to hosting you at Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Mayor Zandile Gumede
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTS CONFEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (SASCOC) GIDEON SAM
In the constantly evolving world we are always looking at ways of ensuring that South Africa is part of the bigger global picture in the quest for sporting excellence.
As economies the world over feel the pinch, this, the 10th International Forum on Elite Sport is just one way of doing exactly that.
It’s a major coup for South African sport that the city of Durban is hosting this prestigious event which was first held in Sydney, Australia 16 years ago. When we consider that previous hosts include Beijing, Barcelona, Paris, Montreal and Rio de Janeiro it’s indeed an honour. Remember, all those cities are previous hosts of the Olympic Games.
Not only is this coming together of the world’s top sporting brains an honour for South Africa but also for the entire African continent as this is the first time that Africa will host the International Forum on Elite Sport.
There’s no doubt that this event is going to filter all the way down through South African sport and matters like athletes’ development should duly benefit from the robust and intense sharing of global sporting knowledge and expertise.
I urge all stakeholders to immerse themselves for the entire three days of activities as this forum offers a truly unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference to sport in our rainbow nation.