Speakers

Please find an overview of the intended speakers / organisations of the studytrip below.

. Dr David Maralack                       
Introduction into South African sports

David is passionate about community based sport, sports development pathways,
youth development and utilizing sport to contribute to transforming society. He is a past executive member of the Western Province Sports Council, served on the Western Cape Sports Council and has facilitated numerous sport transformation symposiums and Indabas. He currently serves on mega-events Board of Directors, The Two Oceans Marathon and is an active member of Itheko, a community-based athletic sports clubs. David is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management Studies and Convenes the Post-graduate Diploma in Sport Management, Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town (UCT). David holds a Ph.D. in Geography (University of Minnesota), a M.Sc. (Econ.) in Urban Development Planning (University College of London) and Master of City and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Social Science (University of Cape Town). His research interests are sport policy, sport governance and democracy, state and civil society in sport, sport in development, community cohesion and youth development in marginalized communities. David has worked for national, provincial and local governments as an urban planner and sport specialist. He has also worked in the private sector as a management and a sport consultant. David drafted the first national Bidding for Sports and Recreation Events framework and contributed to the Sports Hosting document on behalf of the South African Sports Commission. He has worked with various national and international NGOs, such as Breaking Barriers, Spaces for Sport, and various civil society groups.

. Gary Kirsten                                   
Talent scouting & talent development; Bridging cultural differences; Team building & performance; Innovation

Gary is former Coach National team India and former Player & Coach South Africa. Also Indian Premier League coach. In between his coaching obligations, Gary Kirsten engages with a variety of groups in varying forums, giving insights into his leadership philosophies and how these helped Team India and Cricket South Africa reach their respective goals. His achievements and humility set him apart as speaker.

. Paddy Upton                                 
Team building & team performance; Physical training; Innovation

Paddy Upton believes in ‘The art of leadership; taking your performance to the next level’. He has successfully coached a variety of elite sport and business teams and individuals to take their game to even greater heights. Paddy helped facilitate two international cricket teams to the world’s number 1 ranking; won a Cricket World Cup; led one bottom-of-the-log professional cricket team (Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League) to Champions League finalists in one 10-week season; and another (Sydney Thunder) from the bottom of the log to become Australian Big Bash League Championship winners in 2016. He is currently Head Coach of three professional T20 cricket teams in three of the Worlds Premier T20 cricket leagues, in India (IPL), Dubai (PSL) and Australia (BBL).

. Dr Sherylle Calder                       
Innovation; Physical training

Dr Sherylle Calder (Eye-Gym) is probably one of the most successful persons in sport. Exaggeration? Well, consider this… She helped both the Springboks and the English rugby sides win World Cups. She helped the All Blacks and the Australian cricket team to victory. There’s also the South African hockey and Davis Cup tennis teams, England’s 2012 elite athletes, the national cricket teams of Kenya, Canada and Netherlands, the Prada Yachting team, an Australian AFL side, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the French First division club AS Monaco and one of the England county cricket sides. “I had a yearning to play hockey for South Africa.” “I did my PhD under Tim Noakes at UCT.” “Winning the British Open with Ernie Els; that really turned his career around… his putting was so bad!” “People think you’re crazy if you do something that other people haven’t done before.”

. Gillian Taylor                                 
Talent scouting & talent development

Founded in 2001, MACSTEEL Maestros offers programmes that increase the capacity of sportstars to be the masters of their own future. They bring a unique balance to the quest for sporting excellence by equipping each athlete with the skills to be successful inside and outside of competition, both during and after their sporting careers. Headquartered at the SSISA and operating from regional centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom, the MACSTEEL Maestro programme remains committed to achieving its objectives in consultation with recognised sporting bodies. Gill Taylor is National Manager.

. SCORE (Sports Coaches Outreach)

. Spur restaurants                          
Development & participation

Spur Steak Ranches saw the need to develop soccer and life skills amongst young South Africans from previously disadvantaged areas. Since the launch of the Spur Soccer Masidlale program in 2005, the program has touched the lives of over 30 000 boys and girls within these communities across South Africa. The program started off with annual soccer clinics and became a seven week program whereby boys and girls aged 10-12 years enjoy weekly league games ending in regional finals. The winning teams get to enjoy a tasty Spur meal and then become player mascots at a PSL soccer game. A life skills mentorship initiative is also attached to the program in order to empower the Spur Masidlale kids to be able to make the best life choices. The life skills mentorship program consists of various storytelling and feedback sessions focusing on the fundamental aspects that ultimately empower the learners. After conducting interview and examination sessions with the kids, a full high school bursary is offered through our association with Sikelela Xabisa organisation. Spur Steak Ranches not only provides lunch for the players during the programme but the sponsorship also extends to providing Spur branded soccer kit, equipment and trained soccer coaches, all with the goal of creating the best learning environment. There are 200 boys and girls per region that take part in the Spur Soccer Masidlale programme. Although continually progressing, the core of the Spur Soccer Masidlale program remains unchanged, and continues to focus on its mission of reaching more children in the most constructive of ways.

. Volvo Ocean Race                        
Innovation; Team building & team performance; Event management

. John Comitis                                  
Professional soccer entrepreneur, FC Cape Town City, Innovation


They say every dream begins with a dreamer. John Comitis has never been afraid to dream. More importantly, he has never been afraid to follow his dreams. And now, an idea, an ambition, that was in the back of his mind in 2013, and knocked and shaped into a dream three years later, has come to fruition in a sensational way with Cape Town City crowned as Telkom Knockout champions. A passionate devotee to the sport of football, former striker Comitis has been involved with a few clubs. His start as a club boss was with Cape Town Spurs in the 1990s and he was one of the founder members of Ajax Cape Town in 1999. After a much-publicised and ugly boardroom fall-out with his brothers-in-law - the Efstathious - he sold his shares in Ajax in 2013. Ever since, always the dreamer, he has been plotting and planning. He was waiting for the right moment to plunge right back in. In June this year, it was time. He was ready. Comitis bought the PSL franchise of Mpumalanga Black Aces, relocated the club to his beloved Mother City, and renamed it Cape Town City FC. They had no structures, they had a skeleton squad of 14 of last season’s Black Aces players and there were quite a few noisy sceptics around. But Comitis, and City, got cracking. Six months later, City are top of the PSL standings and are the Telkom Knockout champions - and that, surely, is a testament to the behind-the-scenes slog and grind.

. Kevin Vermaak                             
Professional cycling entrepreneur, ABSA Cape Epic, Innovation


Today the ABSA Cape Epic is the largest and most prestigious mountain biking event in the world and from where Vermaak’s standing, actually taking part in one of the world’s most physically demanding events will be a Sunday cycle in the park compared to the challenge of growing this business. “My fingerprints are on everything thought, and if I want to leave a legacy, if I want this brand to grow beyond me, I need to step away. An amazing CEO, Lynn Naude, who has a phenomenal track record in the South Africa sports and sponsorship industry, has taken over.”

. Springbok Rugby Sevens          
Team performance

Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, called it a humbling day, while Blitzbok captain, Philip Snyman felt it was one of the proudest days of his life. For Springbok Sevens all time pointsscoring record holder, Cecil Afrika, it was a dream come true. Those were some of the reactions from the Blitzboks upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday, amid huge media interest and a couple of hundred fans awaiting the team to touch down from London, where they were crowned HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions at the conclusion of the 2016/17 series. South Africa’s last and only other World Series win came in 2008/09 when the team also topped the standings. Powell, who was one of the players in that squad, has now become the first person to win it as a coach as well, but he was quick to reflect that feat towards his squad’s achievements. “It was a pretty amazing season,” said Powell.

. Brad Bing                                         
Sporting Chance, Sports development

Realising that sport brings together people from all walks of life and breaks down barriers of generations, cultures, race, gender and income levels, social entrepreneur Brad Bing determined to use sport to improve the lives of children in South Africa. It all started in September 1990 when Brad chose to pursue his personal passion and launched his one man cricket coaching clinics. Today Sporting Chance has grown into one of the leading sports coaching and development organisations in South Africa. The prime objective of Sporting Chance is to provide opportunities for sporting achievement for as many children as possible – irrespective of race, gender or social class – by offering professional coaching at schools and sports clubs. And based on the knowledge that the foundation for sporting ability is laid during the formative years, Sporting Chance advocates and implements various programmes for coaching school-age children.

. Dr Ian MacCallum                        
Former Springbok player, Psychologist, transformed to Renowned Wildlife Conservationist and Poet

Ian McCallum is a medical doctor, analytical psychologist and psychiatrist. He is a specialist wilderness guide, an author and poet as well as a director of the Wilderness Foundation. He is the author of two anthologies of wilderness poems: Wild Gifts (1999), Untamed (2012) and a novel Thorns to Kilimanjaro (2000). His award winning book Ecological Intelligence – Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature addresses the interconnectedness of all living things and ultimately, the survival of the human animal. It was published in South Africa in 2005 and in the USA in 2009. An Exclusive Books HOMEBRU selection in SA, it won the Wild Literary Award at the World Wilderness Congress in Mexico 2009. He is the writer/poet for the prestigious Dylan Lewis ‘UNTAMED’ exhibited at the worldrenowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town 2010-2012. As the leadership project director of the Wilderness Foundation he has recently completed a four-month expedition following ancient elephant migratory routes across southern Africa. The expedition –Tracks of Giants- began on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast on 1 May 2012 and ended at Cape Vidal on the KZN coastline on 2 September. Together with his long-time friend and journalist Ian Michler, the two adventurers walked, cycled and kayaked the entire 5164 Km journey un-motorised. The expedition focussed on two key objectives – the importance of establishing international animal migratory corridors between established national parks in home countries and secondly, to explore the psychological and economic issues associated with the co-existence of human communities and wild animals.

A former rugby Springbok and vice captain (1970-74) McCallum’s other interests include wildlife photography – he won the Agfa Wildlife ‘Man and Nature’ category in 2001, astronomy and sport. His academic interests focus on evolutionary biology, human ecology and the animal-human interface (what we learn about ourselves from the wild).

. Prof. Tim Noakes                         
Sports Medicine: Food & Sports; myths uncovered


Timothy David Noakes (born 1949) is a South African scientist, and an emeritus professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, who list him as one of their highest-rated members. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and is the author of several books on exercise and diet. He is known for his support of a lowcarbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet, as set out in his book The Real Meal Revolution.