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By Lunga Kupiso
South African cricket physiotherapist Craig Govender joined Bonga and myself on our show #SundayNightSports on TransAfrica Radio, to speak about sports science/medicine centres that cater for the everyday sports loving person. A vision he has had for a long time but now it is coming to life with phase 1 of the two phase opening days happening on the 1st February and 30 days later phase 2 on the 1st of March, a significant day that marks the beginning of what seems like will be a long time of sports nurturing.
The hub will be open to everyone and the so called ‘average’ club players can walk in and consult with renowned specialists and through this center, Craig is building a bridge for potential talent scouting that may not have had the chance to be under a High Performance Centre (because of late blooming in sports) and the potential of discovering the next generation of ‘average’ players that can be transformed into great players is great.
Heroes aren’t made in one day but through their dedication behind the scenes they become the people we admire every weekend and this is a great opportunity that Craig and his team are offering to everyday citizens. Sports centres like these are very rare in the African continent and when ventures like these do take place, it is a time to celebrate them no matter where you are.
Perhaps the highlight of the in-studio conversation with Craig was the passion and desire to offer medical support and services to disadvantaged players that are making the ranks. Govender hopes to lure in a title sponsor who will take the naming rights for the centre and the money raised from that deal, the centre will use towards the development fund which will help these disadvantaged sports athletes with their medical needs, an advancement in the movement for equal sporting opportunities in the black communities.
The conversation continues this sunday on Sunday Night Sports LIVE on TransAfrica Radio from 20:00 – 23:00pm. Do tune in and share your views.