Category Archives: Life Skills

Victory for a working athlete – Claude Moshiywa

Claude Moshiywa

Claude Moshiywa (38) became the 1st South African male since 1992 to win the “Up” run (from Durban to Pietermaritzburg) of the iconic 90km Comrades Marathon yesterday. What made this run so extraordinary is that Claude in not a full time athlete unlike most of the leading runners who compete in events of this nature. […]

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Whatever happened to child’s play?

Children skipping

This article first appeared in the Health News section of the Business Day of 7th March 2012. There are two words that seem to have been dropped from the vocabulary of childhood development these days: games and play. Obviously I am not referring to the electronic versions that consume computer and TV energy, but rather […]

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Bigger playing fields – The transition from primary to high school

Chalkboard with words "back to school"

It’s tough making the move from primary to high school for several reasons, but the struggles in the sports realm often go undiscussed. Whether it’s moving from being the top athlete at a small school to being one of many good athletes at a large school, dealing with body issues, or deciding on your sporting […]

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Sexual harassment in sport – An unfortunate reality

Coach Discussing Strategy

In the past few weeks there have been a number of reports of sexual harassment charges against sports coaches around the world. To mention just three: · A karate instructor accused of sexually abusing young girls appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in South Africa last week and was denied bail pending further investigation into […]

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Looking for a Green sport with life time benefits? Try sailing!

Sailing Boat

It’s often said that there are 3 types of people: 1. Those who make things happen 2. Those who watch things happen and, 3. Those who wonder what happened… The thing is, you don’t make it into the first group without a bit of training and discipline. Being proactive and having the ability to get […]

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Kodokan Judo – 129 yrs old and stronger than ever!

Judo - All Africa Games 2011

There are reasons why Judo was introduced to the Olympic Games 45 yrs ago, why it is still there, and why at that level, only Olympic Gymnastics tickets sell out faster. Reputed to be the most widely practised sport in the world (after soccer), it is many things to many people. At first impressions, what […]

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Lessons for our kids from Bryce Lawrence


For the past week much of the sporting public’s attention has been on the poor reffing of Bryce Lawrence in the World Cup quarter final match last Sunday. There have been allegations ranging from bias to “match fixing”. As a professional referee in the game’s most prestigious tournament, there is certainly a case to be […]

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Infant Swimming and Water Safety

Swimming - Matthew Bester 2

We all know about drowning. It’s a huge concern, for most people. And for those of you with toddlers – the toddler drowning rate is 3 x higher than in any other age group. Well, I’m here today, to give you some great news… toddlers CAN save themselves from drowning. They can learn to swim […]

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Life skills automatically result from mere participation. True or false?


“The moral value of exercises and sports far outweigh the physical value” was attributed to the philosopher Plato.    Sport has been seen to contribute to “moral value” and life skills for thousands of years and has become a key word in recent times.   But current research is questioning whether this happens automatically or is only […]

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