Pushing The Boundaries Of Human Performance


10th - 12th October


40 Dock Road
V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

Places Available




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

Elite Sport Summit - 2018

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 Art of Influence: Engaging Employees To Build High Performing Teams

Mark De Stadler
Director: High Performance & Engagement Specialist
Dale Carnegie

Founded over 100 years ago, Dale Carnegie Training has evolved into a performance-based training company with offices Worldwide. Headquartered in New York, Dale Carnegie Training is represented in over 80 countries with more than 2,700 trainers, presenting Training programmes in over 25 languages. Approximately over 8 million people worldwide have completed this highly specialized Training. 

Dale Carnegie work with some of the largest corporates across the globe, such as Shell Oil, Toyota, Adidas, Harvard University, Bank Of America and Citigroup to name a few. 

The focus of this session is to share proven techniques, which build positive and high performing teams.

10:00 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Ignoring Limitations: Pushing The Boundaries of Human Performance

Per Lundstam
Performance Director
Red Bull

As the High Performance Director at Red Bull, Per Lundstam is at the helm of elite sports practitioners, which support athletes in their quest of attaining optimal results, across a variety of sporting codes. 

Being at Red Bull since 2010, Lundstam has unique insight on how to formulate a model that can be used to assist a range of top athletes and performers.

James Cook, the famous British explorer and captain once said, “Do just what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again''.

In this session, Landstrum will explain why you need to reassess how high the performance ceiling really is. 

11:45 – 12:00

Lunch Break

12:00 - 13:00

Applying The Evidence: Load Monitoring In A High Performance Environment

Dr. Darren Burgess
High Performance Director
Arsenal FC

Darren is the High Performance Director at Arsenal FC. He has worked with some of the most successful and iconic sports organisations around the world, including Port Adelaide Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Sydney Swans and the Australian National Soccer/Football Team to name a few.

He has travelled the globe implementing innovative fitness regimes that have taken athletes to the next level and now he is sharing some of his insight with you.

With a special focus on load monitoring, injury prevention and rehabilitation, this ground breaking discussion will provide you with the ammunition to minimise your team’s injury risk, in order to keep your best assets active and on the field.

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Systematic Integration: Streamlining High Performing Teams

Brent Callaway
Performance Director: Elite Sports​

Brent Callaway is the Performance Director at the industry leading human performance consultancy EXOS, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Having spent many years as an S&C coach, he heads up the professional and elite sport unite. His sole responsibility is to manage the performance pathway across performance coaching, speed development, strength training and performance ​system consulting.

Being at EXOS since 2008​, Callaway ​has unique insight on how to formulate models that can be used to assist coaches, athletes and teams across the globe. He has worked with some of the most talented professionals, ranging from Olympic, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA athletes, as well as military personal​ to name a few. Additionally, Brent consults with top organisations globally on uniting all elements of high performance departments for the betterment of the organisation.

In this session, you will hear how to integrate high performance systems, to get the most out your athletes, as well as the team behind the team. ​

15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 17:00

Preparing Athletes for Elite Competition:
A High Performance Panel Session

Simon Thomas
Head of Physical Performance ​
BNZ Crusaders

Robbie Fleck
Head Coach ​
The Stormers

Dr. Sharief Hendriks
Rugby Researcher: Performance & Injury Prevention ​
University of Cape Town

Ruan Rust
Strength & Conditioning Coach ​
Stellenbosch Academy of Sport

Featuring Rob Fleck: Head Coach, The Stormers, Dr Sharief Hendricks: Senior Researcher, University of Cape Town, Ruan Rust: Biokineticist, Stellenbosch Academy of Sport and Simon Thomas: Head of Physical Performance, BNZ Crusaders, this session brings together industry experts to discuss major performance topics.

Drawing on the speakers experiences in elite sport, the session will focus on key pillars of physical preparation, such as; athlete development, the evolution of performance data, athlete fatigue, and the impact of playing in cross-continental tournaments.

As the world leader in sports performance analytics, Catapult helps 1,800 teams across 37 sports worldwide to optimise performance, mitigate injury risk, and support return-to-play processes. In this session, you will be provided with insight into the challenge of keeping athletes at the top of their game. ​

09:00 – 10:00

Influence & Leadership: How The Military Enable Performance To Sustain Success

Lt.Col. Darcy Schnack
Director: Centre For Enhanced Performance
United States Military Academy: West Point

As an Active Duty Officer in the U.S. Army since 1996, with tours to Iraq in 2004 and in 2009, Lt. Col. Darcy Schnack understands the psychological strains that soldiers endure. With an MA in Sociology, Lt. Col. Schnack will unpack how West Point develops leaders of character and enhances their mental skills through performance psychology in the military, academic and physical pillars.

Bill Shankly, the famous Liverpool FC manager once said, “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

No matter how important it may feel, the outcome of a sporting event can never be equated to the life and death situation that active combatants face on the battlefield. In this session, you will hear how behavioural leadership, goal setting and mental skills training is utilised and perfected at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

10:00 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45


Dr. Julian Dalby
Performance Director/ Head Conditioning Trainer
Conor McGregor

Not only has Dr. Dalby shaped McGregor into one of the most famous and feared fighters in UFC, with an innovative method called Fighter Aerobic/Anaerobic System of Training (F.A.S.T), he also holds a Guinness World Record, for the greatest amount of weight lifted, in the deadlift category - a staggering 68,210kg in 1 hour.

Added to the list, is national cycling honours, so it's easy to understand why Dr. Dalby is such a respected figure in the world of strength & conditioning.

In this session, Julian will debunk modern conditioning tactics, which are used at the highest level in combat sports.

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 - 13:00

The Art Of Education: Early vs Late Specialisation

Justin Durandt
Head Of Education
Sports Science Institute Of South Africa

For 22 years, Justin Durandt has been one of South Africa’s leading Biokineticists, at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). 

With a career spanning decades, Durandt has worked with top athletes at various stages of their development; from young athletes taking their first steps in building the foundations of their physical literacy, right through to seasoned professionals who are trying to eke out the last bit of talent on their seasoned temples.

Few are more qualified to answer one of sport’s most pressing questions, around early or late specialisation. In this engaging discussion, Durandt will provide you with the insight to set the record straight. 

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00

Innovation & Performance: Exceeding Limitations In Search of Modern Breakthroughs

Dr. Carol Austin
Head Of Performance Support & Medical
Team Dimension Data

Dr. Austin, the Head of Performance Support & Medical at Team Dimension Data, understands that the difference between winning and losing comes down to intricate detail and the tiniest of margins. As sport hurtles into the future, access to nutrition, training, technology and the latest trends in mental conditioning have become more accessible. So how can one gain an advantage over the competition?

By assembling the best team and tech, Dr Austin has progressed African cyclists from national to world tour level performances. The team made history in the 2015 Tour de France as the first African team, and earned respect by leading the Climbers Classification, winning a stage and achieving multiple top-10 performances. In 2016 they achieved another first for Africa as they stepped up to the premier league of cycling as one of 18 World Tour teams. By 2020 they aim to deliver an African rider to the podium of the Tour de France overall classification.

No matter what industry you’re in, the challenge of world class competition cannot be ignored. In this session, you will hear from one of the brightest minds in the industry, providing you with insight into how to push the boundaries in your quest to achieve your vision.

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 16:15

Optimum Success: How World Class Coaches Drive Perfection

Neil Powell
Head coach
South African Sevens Rugby

Neil Powell is the current Head Coach of the South African Sevens Rugby team. Not only is Neil at the pinnacle of coaching, he also represented his country in 32 tournaments on the HSBC Sevens Series circuit and captained them for a number of seasons. Powell is one​ of the most successful Sevens coaches, having won the HSBC World Series consecutively, in 2016/17 and 2017/18, as well as acclaiming bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. He also earned a Gold Medal at the 2014 ​Commonwealth Games.

In this session, Neil will speak about the success of the Sevens set up, as well building a winning culture to enable a ‘sustaining success blueprint’ to continuously compete week in week out across the globe.

Nick Mallett
Former Head Coach: South African Rugby Union (Springboks)
Analyst: SuperSport

Nick Mallett, former Springbok Head Coach, current SuperSport analyst and one of the most respected brains in the business speaks, even the most knowledgeable and astute coaches, managers and players listen.  

Mallett made history with the Springboks between August 1997 and December that year, by embarking on a record winning streak of 17 consecutive Test wins - that included the 1998 Tri Nations.  

After stints with Stade Francais and the Italian national team, Mallett has become a leading analyst, where his outspoken and thought provoking opinions continue to shape rugby’s narrative. 

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Elite Sport Summit - 2018


40 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

South Africa

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