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.
DR. STEVE HARRIS (PHD)
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Harris is an international presenter and the CEO of eta College (a college specializing in coaching, exercise and sport management and wellness qualifications).
Dr. Harris builds his presentations and workshop sessions around the customer needs using the underpinning architecture of Mental Toughness. His MBA dissertation was on performance improvement and his PhD thesis was on mental toughness, using the Springboks and their stakeholder community as his research cohort. He is a former world champion in Surf lifesaving and the author of; Surviving to Thriving: Mental Toughness and the novel Impimpi; Black anger and White fear.
In this session, Dr. Harris will explain how to use the 7 steps of Mental Toughness to move from surviving to thriving.
HEAD: SOCIAL IMPACT & EQUITY
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (NBA)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (“Cavs”) compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division. The Cavs have had some of the most impressive all time greats playing for them, including, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Larry Nauance, to name a few.
Kevin is the Head of Social Impact & Equity for the Cavs, which is only one of four sports teams across all professional sports to have a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion department. As a former basketball player, Kevin started his career with Procter & Gamble and has had prominent roles within the likes of Bon Secours, Mercy Health, Russell Corp and the United States Tennis Association.
In this session, Kevin will be addressing what drives team dynamics and how diversity and Inclusion is imperative to team performance. He will provide you with solutions on how to break down the ‘‘barriers’’ to drive intrinsic inclusion and leadership competency at every level. This will include a discussion on community engagement and how this impacts the success of the team.
PROF. PIETER KRUGER (PHD)
HIGH PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT: MCLAREN
HIGH PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT: TEAM SOUTH AFRICA
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. In the United Kingdom, it is calculated that businesses could save up to £8 billion per year by tackling mental health issues.
Prof. Kruger has worked with teams such as the Springboks, Brumbies, Munster, Sharks, Lions and the Harlequins, not to mention BP, BDO and Octopus to name a few. In this session, Pieter will show you the trends of mental health challenges in elite teams, as well as provide you with a good understanding of mental health problems, and the impact they have on performance.
This will help you recognise these problems and deal with the issues at hand, to improve the player and team performance.
DIRECTOR: ASSESSMENT & RESEARCH: JVR
Founded in 1987, Hogan leads in personality assessment and leadership development. With products and services in 56 countries and 47 languages, what began as a small start-up has evolved into the industry leader serving more than half of the Fortune 500 businesses.
Fans, coaches, and other stakeholders have long been interested in determining which athletes will be successful. This interest led to the development of training and selection programs for all levels of athletes. However, other areas of athlete development, such as teamwork and leadership are also important to develop in high functioning teams. As is true for any other job, personality plays a critical role in the success of athletes and teams.
In this session, Jani will discuss the role of personality and critical indicators of success for athletes and teams. In addition, this session will cover other important aspects of performance, such as leadership, decision-making, and teamwork, as well as how to leverage personality to measure and develop those characteristics to improve team and athlete performance.
Kieran Read played for New Zealand (All Blacks) from 2008 to 2019. He is one of the most-capped players of all time, and the third-most-capped All Black in history, having played 128 tests, scoring 26 international tries. Read captained New Zealand 52 times.
He was the IRB Player of the Year in 2013 and a key member of New Zealand’s 2011 and 2015 World Cup-winning teams, becoming one of only 20 players to have won multiple Rugby World Cups.
DIRECTOR: COACHING & PERFORMANCE
Des Ryan is the Director of Coaching & Performance at SETANTA College based in Ireland, which is an internationally renowned Strength & Conditioning and Athletic Development center. Des has incredible athletic development experience having originally been involved in rugby, working for the IRFU and Connacht, as well as Ireland A and the senior team. He was also the former Head of Athletic Development for Arsenal FC Academy.
It appears to be a race to the bottom, where scouting children as young as 6 years old and offering them scholarships are the norm. Parents, media and the pressures of an aspiring professionals needs to be managed to perfection, so it’s hardly surprising to hear of teenagers becoming disillusioned with the game before they have even made a first-team appearance.
In this session, Des will equip you with the tools to create an environment in which young athletes enjoy what they’re doing and gradually learn to manage the environment they’re in.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR: SW EUROPE & AFRICA
In sport, the rapid investment and adoption of technology means almost all Elite organisations use technology to support their performance decision-making in some way.
Therefore, because it is no longer an issue of getting access to technology, the next logical step is to think about “what do we do with it that will give us a competitive advantage?”.
This is particularly true in data, where technology today makes it easier than ever to generate and collect data related to athlete and team performance.
Performance analysis technology pioneers, Hudl – with the help of special guests from the sports industry in South Africa – explore how all organisations can maximise their performance through the power of data.
KRIS VAN DER HAEGEN
DIRECTOR: COACH EDUCATION
BELGIUM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Kris van der Haegen is Director of Coach Education for the Royal Belgian Football Association. Kris is one of the top architects of Belgian football and has been involved in elevating players such as Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne to unheard-of levels of success.
In this session, Kris will equip you with the coach education tools necessary to build a solid foundation and structure that drives innovation, education and success.
HEAD COACH: WOMEN (BANYANA BANYANA)
SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Desiree Ellis is the current head coach for the South African women’s national team Banyaya Banyana. She is a founding member of Banyana Banyana and the second captain of the national team. Desiree was awarded Confederation of African Football Women’s Coach of the Year in 2018 after her team finished second place in the African Women Cup of Nations and qualifying for the Women’s World Cup for the first time.
During her club career she played as a midfielder for Spurs Ladies among other teams.
She is honoured to have won the African Women Cup of Nations in 2022 defeating Morocco in the final.
Steve Barker played professional football for Wits University and SuperSport United predominantly in the 1990’s.
His professional coaching career started in 2007 where he coached the University of Pretoria Football Club promoting them to the elite South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) in the 2011/2012 season. He had a stint with AmaZulu FC before moving to Stellenbosch Football Club (SFC) where he has been the Head Coach for the past 6 seasons. The club was promoted to the PSL in the 2019/2020 season and is rapidly establishing itself as a competitive force despite consistently promoting their Academy players into the first team.
Steve also had a distinguished career in the South African Air Force as an instructor in the field of Education, Training and Development (ETD). This passion for ETD of soldiers has been carried over to his coaching career. He believes in creating the right environment conducive for players to reach their full potential both on and off the field. This has led to the success of producing numerous players for national and international level.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
STELLENBOSCH ACADEMY OF SPORT
Rob Benadie is the CEO of Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) and Stellenbosch FC (SFC). SAS was opened in 2012 and has established itself as a preferred training destination for many of the world’s leading sport teams and athletes. SFC was purchased by SAS in 2018 and gained immediate promotion to the Premier Soccer League.
Rob worked for global consulting firm, Accenture for 13 years as a change management consultant before starting his own sport management company in 2002, focusing on assisting federations and professional teams to develop commercially sustainable and competitive high-performance environments. He has consulted to many sport entities such as the South African Rugby, Football, Cricket and Swimming Federations, the Bulls and Stormers Rugby Franchises, the World Cup 2010 Bid Team, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and many more.
In this session, Rob will share his experiences of how environments can enable or constrain performance.