Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka has been appointed to a Sascoc sub-commission, which will provide her with a further chance to use her experience to help promising sportsmen and women.
Lumka, who joined Nelson Mandela University as head of sport in 2015, is serving on the Sascoc sport science, technology and research commission.
Having been part of SA’s high-performance system since 2008, she said she felt she had the qualifications and experience to add value to the body.
She added that the commission were tasked with the assessment of existing technical and scientific protocols, covering such areas as performance testing, monitoring and health monitoring.
“We will need to review the existing documents and update these for the coming Olympic cycle.”
Protocols covering research-related activities with relevance to Sascoc-affiliated events and athlete data also resorted under the commission, according to her.
“Sascoc’s mandate as per the National Sport and Recreation Plan is to develop and run the high-performance structure of the country.”
She added that their objective was to use the science of sport to assist in producing the best national athletes that they could.
While Lumka naturally has sport at Madibaz as her top priority, she said the work with Sascoc was largely based on improving athletes on the national stage.
However, she felt there could be some spin-offs for 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.