CHALLENGES FACING SPORT AND POSSIBLE REMEDIES General perspective through the eyes of Lydia Monyepao
Who is Lydia Monyepao? • Spoilt little rich girl? • Model C aka cheese girl? • Ghetto from the townships? • Rural, traditional? • Ordinary… • What do I stand for? Notes: I did not get where I am today because someone did me a favour… You don’t have to be born special or know certain people to get somewhere in life! Hard work always pays off!
Birth – Pimville, Soweto Family – 5 siblings Cyferkuil – rural, near Bela Bela Swarisanang Primary School Bophuthatswana International School of Bop/SA Academies Sport & restrictions Facilities Goals Gauteng Education RAU (UJ) vs Wits BCom Sport vs Accounting Athletics vs Football vs Basketball SASSU CUCSA International World Student Games vs Olympics History of a rural girl
Lessons learnt • Hard work • Discipline • Leadership • Commitment • Self motivation • Teamwork • Integrity (honesty/fairness) • Relationships • Passion
Facilities Provincial School/University Township/Rural/Suburbs Financial constraints School University Sponsors - females Discrimination = inequality Colour Institutional Exposure Other sporting codes Gender Media Development (at all levels) Pace - slow Other sporting codes Location Representation at international level Olympics, Commonwealth, World Cups, etc Incentives Amateur vs professional Female footballers Leagues: USSASA/SASSU/Premier Research What makes an athlete happy? Challenges I faced
Possible Consequences • Youth lost interest in sport • Movies • Parties • Video games, etc • No outdoor sport • Crime • Drug abuse • Unprotected sex • HIV/AIDS • Teenage pregnancy • Lost dreams
Education Values learnt on sports field Raising disciplined & educated sportswomen & men Future leaders Positive role models Support Financially = sponsors Institutions - scholarships Gender Family Development Merit Assist in eliminating inequality in sport Rural areas/townships Gender No discrimination / barriers Fair selection processes Institutions Gender Sports Academies High Performance Centre Other institutions Clubs/recreational centres Possible Remedies
Conclusion • It is our responsibility as a nation to ensure that we raise boys and girls who are educated and disciplined. These are our future leaders! We would have failed them if we cannot create an environment that encourages them to be the best they can be in both sport and education, no matter where they come from, no matter the colour of their skin. • I trust that we will find remedies to the challenges faced by sport that will not only benefit Gautengas a provincial but South Africa as a whole. I hope that the issues addressed in this seminar in the next two days do not just remain within the walls of the CSIR but that action is taken and we implement what has been discussed going forward.
Thank You Lydia Monyepao Tel: 011 567 2075 Fax: 011 772 5642 Mobile: 083 502 4700 Cell: firstname.lastname@example.org