ICSSD’s finest in Sport for Development and Peace

5 June 2019

The University of the Western Cape and Faculty Deans host an annual Merit Awards for the Top Achievers in each discipline for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at the University. This past week, two of ICSSD’s students, Ms. Raedene Lucas (EPT Sports Massage Therapist) and Mr. Mandla Gagayi (Director of UWC Sport), graduated earlier this year with distinctions after completion of their Post-Graduate Diplomas in Sport, Development and Peace, were invited to attend this prestigious awards among UWC finest in Health Sciences. Both Raedene and Mandla were honoured by Prof. Anthea Rhoda (Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences) and UWC Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tyrone Pretorius, at the auspicious Dean’s Merit Awards which took place on 31 May 2019 at the School of Public Health, UWC.

In order to receive an award at this event, students need to attain an A average overall in the course they are registered for. Further to this, each Dean of UWC selects the highest and top achiever in the specific level of study (i.e. 1st year; 2nd year; 3rd year; 4th year; PGDip; Honours; Masters and PhD) irrespective of discipline within the faculty.

Receiving the PG Diploma Top Achievers Award in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences was Ms Raedene Lucas, who now leaves her mark as ICESSD’s highest achieving student in the course since the course’s inception in 2014. Raedene is a BA Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science graduate, and a junior professional in Sport for Community and Youth Development. Raedene is a Level 2 Certified Sports Massage Therapist (ETA), with the hopes of opening up her own recovery initiative, promoting the importance of muscular recovery in sport. For the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace, Raedene is a Youth Sports Leader, facilitating youth groups for personal and social development of youth individuals. She is a confident leader, helping at-risk youth to realize their full potential, through leading by example. Raedene is currently mentored by Professor Marion Keim, the Director of ICSSD and a leader in the field of Sports Science and Development, and aims to make an even greater contribution to collaborate and deliver sport and physical activity programmes in an attempt to teach youth the important life skills found through sport participation.

Mr. Mandla Gagayi, serving as UWC Sports’ Director and Manager, sports he’s passion for educational growth and advancement through further academic studies at the University of the Western Cape. Mandla studied a BA at the University of Port Elizabeth in 1998-2001. He was appointed as a Sport Administrator at Rhodes University from 2002 – 2005, and then worked at Eastern Cape Provincial Government Department of Sport 2006-2008. He returned to Rhodes University in 2009 as the Deputy Head of Sport, got promoted to Head of Sport in 2011 until 2014, then March 2015, Mandla joined UWC as Director of Sport.? Currently, Mandla is registered for a Masters in Sport for Development and is supervised by Prof. Christo De Coning (Senior Researcher at ICSSD). Mandla is a phenomenal leader and structures University Sport programmes to engage students on campus, in physical activities throughout the year. Mandla advocates for the power of sport, by using the concept of sport as a medium for campus community integration and strengthening. Mandla has been exceptional at effecting change within UWC by continuing to apply theory to practice.

Many of UWC’s Alumni were in attendance and congratulated students for their success in 2018. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Science and Development has been producing world-class scholars in all sub-fields of the Sport Sciences. With having full access to a set of postgraduate courses, such as the Post-Graduate Diploma in Sport for Development and Peace, and a Masters in Sport for Development, ICSSD aims to promote the discipline of Sport for Development, enabling students to attain the necessary skills to lead sport organizations and programmes in South Africa and beyond.

Written by: Warren Lucas, PhD candidate in Exercise Science (UCT)