The Powerade Performance Academy for 2019 concluded at the Wanderers Country Club in Johannesburg this past Sunday, 17 November 2019.

After a successful run of academies in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town there was a lot of enthusiasm around the final academy with performance experts ensuring the attending school coaches were given insights and knowledge on effective coaching.

Powerade has aimed much of its efforts on high school coaches in recognising their role as prime influencers of the next generation of South Africa’s sporting heroes. The list of experts for the Johannesburg leg included former Proteas Netball player and University Netball coach Zanele Mdodana and Natalie Du Toit, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

“Through my experiences, it’s been imperative for players to hold one another accountable and create a coach-lead but player centric programme for their desired outcome.” – Maties Netball head coach, Zanele Mdodana.

“As we conclude and reflect on the Powerade Performance Academy for 2019, it has been a privilege to have interacted with almost 300 high school coaches throughout the Powerade Performance Academies in the country. With the inclusion of coaching experts, Powerade has introduced school sport coaches to appropriate training, skills development and the importance of hydration. We hope all coaches will inspire their players to be Always Forward and continue to nurture the next breed of sports heroes,” said Puso Makume, Powerade Sponsorship Manager.

The passionate university netball coach, Zanele Mdodana, spoke about the aspect of Changing the Game and Changing Lives which many of the high school coaches could relate to. “The Powerade Academy gave the opportunity to share my journey I had taken with the Maties team and how we were able to change the players lives through changing the game which lead to the team coming together to seal a successful 2019 season. Through my experiences, it’s been imperative for players to hold one another accountable and create a coach-lead but player centric programme for their desired outcome.”

Natalie du Toit concluded the Powerade Performance Academy by talking about; How to get the best out of your athlete through coaching and mentoring. “Coaching and mentoring is a topic spoken about more often at International Olympic and Paralympic committees. Through my session, I wanted to get the coaches to think about the two roles and to see what role they want to play with the teams they coach.”

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Paralympics and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Natalie du Toit, pictured at the Johannesburg leg of The Powerade Performance Academy for 2019 on Sunday, 17 November 2019. Photo: Supplied

 

With editing by gsport