Today, 23 August 2018, the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa has committed herself and the Department to support women participation in sport. MEC Tunyiswa was addressing this morning the media and outlining the programme for the 21st Eastern Cape Sport and Recreation Achievers Awards taking place this evening at the Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth.
"The Department is at an advance stage to roll out a legacy programme for Women's Month and the Eastern Cape Sport and Recreation Achievers Awards. The programme is implemented in the context of the South African Sport Transformation Charter to provide guidance on the Women in Sport Commission. Our goal is straightforward: renewed commitment, strengthened action and increased resources to realized gender equality, women's empowerment and human rights of women and girls," said Tunyiswa.
Furthermore "the objective of The Women and Sport Strategy is to engage Eastern Cape society on the broadest possible basis in such a way that it impacts on the quality of life within communities through fun, entertainment and competitive characteristic of sport.
Through extensive community involvement, access will be available for participation opportunities, health and wellness and talent identification. This will ensure equal opportunities for growth and empowerment of girls and women.
The Women in Sport Programme of Action will focus on the mentorship of young girls participating is sport and recreation programmes. This is to support girls with essential life skills required to become a successful athlete at the highest possible level and remain the involved in sport programmes for a lifetime. It will contribute to create an active and winning province through sport and recreation."
The awards ceremony will recognise and honor individuals, federations and teams who have excelled both on and off the field for the period 1st June 2017 to 30 June 2018 and this year's theme is "Be the Legacy – Celebrating the Participation of Women in Sport".
This year the Department received a record number of 175 nominations, out of 25 categories with Sportswoman of the Year category leading with 20 nominations.
The President of Eastern Cape Sport Confederation (ECSC), Mr Mkhululi Magada who was also amongst the dignitaries at the media briefing explained the nomination process of the awards.
"The ECSC plays the role of coordination and the success of the awards, while the role of the federations is to make sure that they are given an opportunity to nominate their athletes that participated and represent their country within and internationally."
"The role of the athlete is to participate by accepting the nomination to be on the podium. The voting panel select from the information submitted by the federation that will culminate to the shortlisting of 89 nominees," said Magada.
The DSRAC is hosting the awards in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Sport Confederation and our strategic partners, Standard Bank and the Boardwalk Casino in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
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