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Maponyane’s love affair with sport


Kakata Maponyane is the Director for Sport and Recreation Administration at the University of Limpopo and held sport close to his heart for a countless number of years.

He got involved in sport at a very early age, as an athlete from as early as 1970 and as an administrator from 1979 (as an Adviser for Physical Education, Sport and Recreation in the then Lebowa Department of Education).

Due to political landscape in the country at the time, South Africa was barred from international competitions and meant Maponyane did not have the opportunity to compete in earlier competitions. However, he represented South Africa at the Masters World Championships in 1996, competing in 100m and 200m respectively.

He started coaching in 1979 and qualified as a national coach for sprints in 1985. Some of the athletes Maponyane has had the privilege of coaching include Jomo Leso and Moses Matseba who become SA champion in the middle distances. Some of the other sporting codes that he has coaching experience in are cricket, softball, netball, volleyball and football.

Maponyane admires the careers of both national superstar Caster Semenya and Usain Bolt. He said, "I love watching all sorts of sport on TV but my favourite sport is athletics because it requires discipline, determination and dedication."

In the same breath, Maponyane had this to say as an encouragement to students to participate in sports, "Student should know that playing sport helps with many facets of development. It develops a student holistically namely: cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally; there is no part of an individual which is not developed whilst playing."

As the Chairperson of USSA Limpopo and Executive and Board Member of Varsity Sports, he notes that there is a specific role that an institution plays in the broader South African Sport fraternity scheme. "It is responsibility of the institution to develop talent and showcase it for exposure to selection into district, provincial and national teams. It is important that the institution focus towards adding value to the SA sport family," concluded the Director of Sport.



Posted by Kimara Singh on 17 Oct, 2018.
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