Jamaica Sports Personalities Visit South Africa
by Don Leffler
South Africa was thrilled to welcome Jamaican sports people to the International Sports & Events Conference and Exhibition held in Durban during Tourism month.
Dr. Colin Gyles from UTech and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Sport met with academics from the University of Pretoria and visited the High Performance Centre which is the 'breeding' ground of South Africa's top athletes and Olympic Medal winners.
Marva Bernard, President of the Jamaican Netball Association and Donovan Vincent of the Jamaican Young Umpires Programme, met with the South African National Netball Team Managers and Players. They also visited with Elize Kotze, national Coach, at her Sports Academy and Farm outside Pretoria.
Donovan umpired a School Netball game after a special welcome ceremony by SA Team Manager, Claudine Claasen.
Jason Henzell and Tony Davis from Treasure Beach BREDS Foundation and Sports Park attended a Football game between League Teams in Bafokeng and were 'blown away' by the vibe and vuvuzela's.
At the business end of things, the Jamaicans participated in a meeting by CDI International to establish a global network committed to Community Development through Sport, Tourism, Education and Business Exchanges.
The Jamaican visitors to SA were each recommended by the SA High Commissioner to the Caribbean, Her Excellency, Mathu Joyini. Their invitations were initiated by the SA CDI International Team of Don Leffler, Louw Allan and Mapula Tlhagale.
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