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WHEN

9th - 10th October 2024
Starting at 8am

WHERE

40 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa

PRICE

Available Upon Request
Group Packages Available

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

ELITE SPORT SUMMIT - 2024

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

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

WHO ATTENDS

Team Managers
Head Coaches
Head's of Sports Science
Military Personnel
Performace Directors
Youth Coaches
Head's of Strength & Conditioning
Sports Psychologists

SPEAKERS & SCHEDULE

PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE

9th October - 2024

8:00 - 8:45

Registration

9:00 - 10:00

THE SPECIAL FORCES MINDSET

SIMON JEFFRIES

ROYAL MARINES COMMANDOS (SPECIAL FORCES)

OWNER: THE NATURAL EDGE

Simon Jeffries embarked on a dynamic career, commencing as a Royal Marines Commando and subsequently earning his place in the UK Special Forces, specifically the SBS.

His professional journey encompasses counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and surveillance. His expertise extends to active participation in training efforts, working closely with troops on special projects in countries such as Cyprus, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Simon thrives in high-pressure environments, collaborating with governmental agencies at the highest echelons. Beyond his tactical prowess, he has also skilfully led military expeditions in mountainous and extreme cold-weather terrains globally, showcasing his resilience and adaptability.

Notably, Simon boasts three tours in Afghanistan, further solidifying his expertise and experience in navigating challenging scenarios. His remarkable background underscores a career characterised by daring feats, strategic acumen and a commitment to excellence. Simon is not just a professional; he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of military and special operations.

10:00 -10:30

Break

10:30 - 11:30

CHARTING SUCCESS & CHANGE MANAGEMENT: MASTERING TEAM PERFORMANCE & PLANNING

DAWN PEART

HEAD: PERFORMANCE TEAM DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING

BRITISH SWIMMING

Dawn is the current Head of Performance Team Development & Planning for British SwimmingWith significant contributions to the success of numerous athletes and teams on both national and international stages, this marks her 5th Olympic Games and 10th World Championship.

 

In this session, Dawn will delve into the intricacies of crafting world-class swimming experiences, emphasising the essential collaboration required for peak performance throughout Olympic and World Championship cycles. Her wealth of experience promises valuable insights into optimising team dynamics for success before, during and after high-profile events.

 

11:30 - 12:00

Break

12:00 - 13:00

BUILDING BLOCKS & BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE: INSIGHTS FROM ELITE CHAMPIONS

RICHARD SUTTON

CEO/ FOUNDER

PERFORMANCE CODE

Richard is the CEO of The Performance Code, is a prominent figure in the field of business health and performance consulting. With extensive experience in professional sports spanning over 20 years, he has worked with top-ranked tennis players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic to name a few, as well as various winning Olympic teams and professional athletes, establishing himself as a leading expert in advising on performance, resilience and adaptability. Richard’s expertise also extends to the genetics of human performance, potential and resilience.

He is the co-developer of the DNA Resilience Panel, a genetic test that examines 13 influential genes crucial to self-mastery and personal excellence. Richard is also an accomplished author with three bestselling books and the creator of The Stress Code app, a cutting-edge wellness tool that analyses and quantifies specific stressors and resilience abilities.

Additionally, Richard’s passion for science led to him serving as a post-graduate lecturer for 20 years, focusing on areas such as human performance, potential, pain management, health and athletic development.

13:00 -14:00

Lunch

14:00 -15:00

SUPERSCHOOLS DISCUSSION: DEVELOPING THE TALENT, NURTURING THE TALENT & PROVIDING THE RIGHT PLATFORM

KATLEHO LYNCH

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY: ST JOHN'S COLLEGE

U18 COACH: SA SCHOOLS RUGBY

Katleho Lynch, the Director of Rugby at St. John’s College, boasts an impressive coaching journey. He was the head coach of the South African u18 team from 2021 to 2023 and is set to coach the Golden Lions Craven Week side in 2024.

His expertise extends to university rugby, having coached at the Varsity Cup level and Young Guns. With a sports psychology degree, Honours in Sports Science and a PGCE, Lynch combines a passion for coaching with a deep understanding of the game.

JASON SYCE

HOCKEY COACH: MICHAELHOUSE

U18 MANAGER: SA SCHOOLS HOCKEY

Jason Syce, dedicated manager of the U18 South African Hockey team, brings a wealth of experience and insight into developing young talent. 

With a passion for developing young professionals, he combines strategic insight with a commitment to fostering a winning team culture.

MARLI VISAGIE

HEAD COACH: NETBALL

PAARL GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL

Marli Visagie is the Paarl Girls’ High 1st Team Netball coach. She coached the 2023 Cape Winelands U18 team, as well as several Western Cape teams in recent years.

She also serves on the Cape Winelands Netball committee as convenor of coaches for High Schools.

ACHIEVEMENTS AS FOLLOWS:

15:00 - 15:15

Break

15:15 - 16:15

FROM A WORLD CHAMPIONS PERSPECTIVE

DRICUS DU PLESSIS

UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION

TBC

10th October - 2024

9:00-10:00

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: HOW TO DEVELOP EXECUTIVE PRESENCE TO BE MORE INFLUENTIAL

MARK DE STADLER

DIRECTOR: PERFORMANCE & COMMUNICATION

CONQA GROUP

CONQA Group is a global communication and leadership development organisation that focuses within elite sport & corporate sectors. CONQA Group operates across the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa.

In this session, we will address 4 key pillars of executive presence and the impact it has on you, your team and wider organisation. 

10:00 -10:30

Break

10:30 - 11:30

PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE: THE IDEAL STATE OF MIND

MATTHEW SPARKS

SENIOR ADVISOR: HUMAN PERFORMANCE DESIGN MANAGEMENT

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Matthew is a former competitive gymnast and street dancer. His performance experience includes tours with soul singer James Brown and Hip-Hop Icon Ice-T.

He is an NCCP Level 4 Coach and Learning Facilitator who first became certified in 1987. He studied Advanced Coaching Theory at Seneca College and holds certifications with the NASM and USAW.

Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, he was Coach of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team and a Judge with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). His 25 years with Cirque du Soleil include work as a Performance Designer, Director, Senior Head Coach and Manager of Coaching Services.

 

EMMANUEL JACQUINOT

HUMAN PERFORMANCE DESIGN MANAGEMENT

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

After completing his career in Artistic Gymnastics as a member of the French national team, Emmanuel moved to Montreal to work for the Quebec Gymnastics Federation as a Program Technical Coordinator, before joining Cirque du Soleil in 2003.

With over 20 years of experience within Cirque du Soleil as a performance specialist, Emmanuel has contributed to various productions, as well as conducted numerous training formation processes. His extensive knowledge of the circus and performance talent development network has been instrumental in implementing our NexGen strategy since the resumption of our activities post-pandemic.

As Director of Coaching, Emmanuel is now responsible for designing and implementing effective strategies to optimise coaching services offered to the artists of Cirque du Soleil. 

11:30 - 12:00

Break

12:00 -13:00

OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE: AGE APPROPRIATE TRAINING & LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODELS

NICK CHADD

HEAD: PERFORMANCE SCIENCES

CHELSEA FC

Nick is currently the head of performance sciences for Premier League club Chelsea FC. Nick is a global performance expert and has worked with top teams such as Benfica, Wasps RFU, English Institute of Sport, Sheffield United and Manchester City FC to name a few.


In this session, Nick will discuss the performance demands on players and how to design age-appropriate methods for long-term athlete development. Nick will also share insight into the academy structure and how he manages the physical demands of players across the club.

13:00 -14:00

Lunch

14:00 -15:00

THE ROLE OF SPORTS NUTRITION IN ELITE SPORT & ADOLESCENT ATHLETES: EMPHASIZING SAFE, RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL PRACTICES

CANDICE LILL

PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST

2024 XCC & XCO CHAMPION

Candice is a highly accomplished mountain biker, boasting an impressive array of achievements in the sport. In 2023, they secured a silver medal at the World XCM Championships, solidifying their place among the elite in cross-country marathon racing. Their prowess extends to the Commonwealth Games, where they earned a bronze medal in the XCO category in 2022. They also demonstrated their exceptional skills by finishing 3rd at the Val di Sole XCO MTB World Cup, further establishing their reputation on the international stage.

Candice has consistently excelled at both the continental and national levels, capturing multiple XCO championships. They have also proven their endurance and teamwork at the Absa Cape Epic, winning a stage and finishing 2nd overall in this gruelling event. An Olympian twice over, Candice’s dedication and passion for mountain biking continue to inspire and set a benchmark for aspiring cyclists worldwide

SHANNON O'LEARY DE ALMEIDA

TECHNICAL MANAGER

BIOGEN

Shannon O’Leary-de Almeida holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science and has been with Dis-Chem Pharmacies for nearly ten years. She began her career overseeing new product development for Dis-Chem’s private label brands, including Biogen and currently holds the position of Technical Manager.

In this capacity, Shannon is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance, driving product development, and maintaining stringent quality assurance standards across the Dis-Chem Group to uphold the highest standards of product quality and safety.

BRANDON FAIRWEATHER

BRAND MANAGER

BIOGEN

Brandon is the Brand Manager of Biogen South Africa and has passionately run and represented the brand for over 16 years. More recently serving a dual role as Health Category Marketing Manager for Dis-Chem Pharmacies nationally, he now also oversees multiple private label brands for the group.

With a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, his focus has largely been the growth and establishment of Biogen as one of the most credible and authentic sports and vitamins brands in South Africa through authentic business practices and processes.

Outside of managing Biogen’s portfolio of professional athlete, team and mass participation event sponsorships, Brandon is particularly passionate about educating consumers on responsible sports nutrition usage, which is also well echoed by Biogen’s Informed Sport and Informed Choice testing protocols and the various layers of quality assurance that goes into those.

DR. CRAIG URIA

FOUNDER

SPINE & SPORT CENTER

Dr. Craig Uria is dedicated to enhancing health and performance, leveraging his background in competitive sports like in-line skating and wakeboarding. He began his career as a personal trainer in London, specializing in rehab and sports-specific exercise, before earning a Master’s in Chiropractic from the University of Johannesburg.

Dr. Uria holds extensive certifications, including in Kinesiology, various taping techniques, and an International Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma. He has served as Medical Director of Rocktape South Africa and Head of Athlete Services at the Regional CrossFit Games.

Currently leading the Spine and Sport Centre, Dr. Uria brings a wealth of experience to help individuals improve their health and performance. His post-graduate diploma in performance nutrition from the IOPN has expanded his expertise, enabling him to consult with elite and amateur athletes on nutrition.

An accomplished mountain biker, Dr. Uria began riding in 2013 and has since participated in 10 Cape Epics, winning the Masters category and finishing on the podium in 2022 and 2023. He is also the SA XCM Vets Champion for 2021 and 2023, with numerous victories and podium finishes in marathon and stage races, including Cape Pioneer, Sani2c, Tankwa Trek and W2W.

15:00

Drinks Reception

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Elite Sport Summit

40 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa

Past Speakers

PER LUNDSTUM

HIGH PERFORMANCE MANAGER

KEVIN CLAYTON

HEAD: SOCIAL IMPACT & EQUITY

PROF. PIETER KRUGER

HIGH PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT

COL. DARCY SCHNACK (PHD)

CENTER FOR ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

KIERAN READ

FORMER CAPTAIN: ALL BLACKS

DESIREE ELLIS

HEAD COACH: BANYANA BANYANA

DARREN BURGESS

HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

KRIS VAN DER HAEGEN

DIRECTOR: COACH EDUCATION

DR. EDWARD COETZEE

CEO: THE SHARKS

ENOCH NKWE

GENERAL MANAGER: CRICKET SA

JOHN DOBSON

HEAD COACH: WESTERN PROVINCE RUGBY

DR. VANESSA SHANNON

HEAD: MENTAL PERFORMANCE

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