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Tlou applauds administrators

Global HIV prevention coalition chairperson, Professor Sheila Tlou has applauded all former and current women sport administrators for breaking the glass ceiling in the male dominated field.

Speaking at a mentorship discussion organised by Tsoseletso Magang in conjunction with the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) on March 3, Professor Tlou said women sport administrators had worked hard to ascend to those positions.

She said the country was well-known worldwide in sport, particularly in athletics, because of its good performance.

She added adding that there was no doubt that women had also contributed in ensuring that the country was recognised globally.

“I have also talked to the politicians that we need to invest in sport because we have talent, and nowadays we have people in place who can mentor our athletes,” she said.

Professor Tlou also applauded the working group on women and sport for coming up with the mentoring and empowerment programme for young women.

She said the beneficiaries were lucky because the same people who were mentoring them did not have mentors.

Former Zebras player, Diphetogo Selolwane said he chose Magang as his mentor because they were both former athletes who had represented the country at the highest level.

He also said they had gone through the same challenges and had the same goals of seeing Botswana sport prospering.

“We also both have children who are very talented in sport, and we want to fix things,” said Selolwane, adding that it was easy for him to come to Magang and discuss the burning issues.

Selolwane said he came up with the football academy concept after realising that he was ready to give back to the community by imparting his football knowledge.

“It was not easy as I told my cousin who is a coach in America,” said Selolwane, adding that he called Tsoseletso and Lesang who gave me advice on how to go about establishing the academy. 

Magang said the Selolwane academy started as a big dream, and that he was at Ajax Cape Town when he told her about a centre that he wanted her to see.

“It was a dream that I did not want to kill as I knew it was important for him because I could see he was passionate about the centre. After many meetings, I was able to convince him to start small,” she said.

Magang said initially she had wanted to call the centre Phakalane Academy, but that he told her it was important to have his name hence it was called Dipsy Selolwane Football Academy (DSFA).

Game Mothibi, who is the IWG secretary, said the mentorship discussion was a continuation of the open discussion they hosted every month where issues affecting women in sport were discussed.

She said she was happy that women in sport were visible and united. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Mentorship Discussion

Date : Mar 05 Mon,2018


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