Elite Sport Summit

Pushing the Boundaries Of Human Performance


11th - 13th October


40 Dock Road
V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

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Learn from and network with coaches, managers and high performance professionals from a variety of sports

Elite Sport Summit - 2017

Network with coaches, managers and high performance practitioners from a variety of sports.
Attend to learn from organisations and professionals that have surpassed expectations.

This unique event will host progressively-minded practitioners from across the globe. Attendees will be exposed to the latest cutting edge sports performance principles provided by the brightest minds from various high performing organisations globally.

Reasons to Attend

Build A Winning Culture

Identify & Manage Talent

Influence Effectively

CONQA the Competition

Speakers & Schedule


08:00 - 08:45


09:00 – 10:00

The New Frontier: Predicting Performance Through Behavioural Analytics

Warren Kennaugh
Behavioural Expert

Warren Kennaugh, a behavioural expert who has worked with organisations such as the Australian Rugby Union, KPMG, PGA golfers and various corporates such as Toyota and PWC, divulges the secret to finding the right fit to get the most out of athletes and people.

Here you will learn how to forge the right combination on and off the field, which will allow athletes and coaches to fulfil their potential and elevate performances.

10:00 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45


Dr. Angus Mugford
Performance Director
Toronto Blue Jays

Dr. Mugford is the Performance Director for the Toronto Blue Jays, where he leads a team of specialists across Sports Medicine, Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning and Mental Performance.

Prior to this role, he served as the Director of the IMG Institute, which led mental performance and leadership consulting services for sport, corporate and military organisations. Much of his role in his 12-year tenure with IMG involved leading a team of mental conditioning coaches serving 1,000 junior student-athletes, as well as professional athletes across the NFL, NBA, MLB, and WTA and ATP tennis tours.

In every organisation a winning, cohesive culture is paramount to achieving success. If anyone knows about such an environment, it's Dr Mugford.

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 - 13:00


Grant Downie
Head of Performance (Academy)
Manchester City FC

Grant Downie has made a career out of producing and working with some of the most respected talent factories on the planet such as Rangers, Middlesbrough and the FA.

Now with English juggernauts, Manchester City FC, he is developing the pathway for the club’s future assets. As the Head of Performance of Manchester City FC Academy, Downie is at the forefront of developing football’s future talent.

In this presentation you will learn how to build a dynasty from the ground up that will enable your organisation to continuously sustain success and pave the way for future generations.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00


Andy Harrison
Programme Director
British Cycling

Andy Harrison, Programme Director for British Cycling, has worked in various physiology and leadership roles over the years with sporting organisations including professional football, rugby, F1, netball and swimming teams. Few organisations dominate their sport like British Cycling and few in this organisation have had as much of an impact as this industry leader. By leaving no stone unturned, Harrison and his team of champions implement and maintaining a winning structure that has swept aside the competiton in the last two Olympic cycles.

In this session he will provide you with ideas and strategies that will equip you with the necessary tools to create a winning structure that will ensure long term success at all levels.

15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:30

Game Changers: How To Lead, Enhance Knowledge And Create A Dynasty

Ben Ryan
Former Head Coach (2016 Olympic Gold Medal Team)
Fiji National Sevens Rugby Team

Ben is best known for having coached the Fiji National Sevens Rugby Team to two Sevens World Series titles, and gold medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is a sports science graduate (BSC) from Loughborough University, then completing his (MPhil in Education) from Cambridge University, where he also captained the sevens rugby team.

Ben is one of the most successful Rugby Sevens coaches to grace the game. He guided the Fiji National Team to historic achievements, presiding over Fiji's first ever Dubai 7's title, as well as setting the highest ever record of tournament titles won by a Fiji Sevens coach. He was the mastermind that ensured Fiji were gold medallists in the inaugural rugby sevens competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, which was the country's first ever Olympic medal, at any Olympic games.

Jean De Villiers
Former Springbok Captain

Jean is one of the most respected players and captains to wear the Springbok jersey. Winning the U20 world cup (2002), two tri nations championships (2004 & 2009) and being a world cup winner in 2007, he has an unbelievable record.

Jean (otherwise known as Captain Fantastic) is one of the most successful springbok captains of all time, having played over 109 tests for the green and gold, 54 of those games as captain, and scoring over 27 test tries for his country. Admired globally for such a successful career, Jean has gained respect as one of the greatest captains of the modern era.

Gary Kirsten
Head Coach
Hobart Hurricanes

Gary Kirsten has worked with some of the greatest sportsmen on the planet. He was the Head Coach that led the Indian National Cricket Team to the number 1 test team, as well as the world champions in 2011. Whilst the Head Coach for Cricket South Africa, the Proteas became the first ever team to hold the number 1 status in T20, 50 over & Test cricket.  

Now, as Head Coach for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, he has gained recognition as one of the most innovative leaders in world Cricket.


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09:00 – 10:00


Dr. John Sullivan
Clinical Sports PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Sullivan is the Senior Sport Scientist/Clinical Sport Psychologist in the National Football League (NFL) and has been affiliated with the league for over 15 years.

He has been facilitating and directing high performance and clinical services for multiple championship and Super Bowl teams, contributing towards 12 Division wins, 5 Conference titles and 4 Super Bowl triumphs.

In this controversial presentation, Dr Sullivan debunks long held mental myths and will challenge you to rethink the way you manage your athletes.

Does the brain always win? Could the secret to athletic success be hiding right in front of you? Answers to these questions and more await.

10:00 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45


Daniel Stenz
Technical Director
Shandong Luneng Taishan FC

Daniel is one of the world's most sought after analysts, having worked with many clubs, leagues and national teams, namely the Hungarian National Football Team, FC Union Berlin and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Daniel will divulge his secret into monitoring players and identifying young talent, to get the best out of your players. He will dicuss and provide you with the tools to improve the talent pool of your organisation, through the use of modern data and technology

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 - 13:00

Apples and Cherries: How Coaches Can Extract Value From Science

Prof. Ross Tucker
High Performance Medical Consultant
World Rugby

Professor. Tucker has worked with championship winning sides such as the South African Rugby Sevens (Blitzbokke), USA Triathlon and Team Great Britain, and time and time again has proved that he know what it takes to win.

In addition to a glittering resume, few people in world sport polarise opinion and challenge convention more than this scientist, writer and critical thinker.

In this presentation, he will bridge the gap between science and coaching to help managers and trainers better understand the data that is collected and how it can be effectively used to improve performances on the field.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00


Michelle Hurtado

There are not many individuals that have been involved with the same organisation with as much success as Michelle Hurtado.

Having been with the United States Olympic Committee since 2006, she has played a hand in the achievements of some of the most decorated athletes in history.

Now the Director of Resource Strategy and Analytics, she helps to set the long term strategic plan while implementing small, step by step processes and metrics to achieve the organisation’s objectives.

Furthermore, she will share insight on how to instill an effective communication plan to improve efficiency throughout your team.

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 16:15


Ans Botha
Head Coach: Wayde van niekerk

It took just 43.03 seconds for Wayde van Niekerk to break the 400m World Record in Rio de Janeiro last year but a lifetime of sacrifice, hard work and dedication to get him ready for that moment.

Behind the scenes, the remarkable “Tannie” Ans Botha helped drive this incredible athlete to heights very few could have dreamed of.

In this moving and exclusive presentation, you will hear from one of the most dynamic athletic partnerships the sport has ever seen.


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Elite Sport Summit - 2017


40 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

South Africa

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