Gaborone — Two renowned sports administrators, Tsoseletso Magang and Matlho Kgosi, will on March 22 attend the inaugural Women Leadership and Sport for All seminar in Johannesburg.
The two-day seminar will be hosted by the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 in conjunction with the Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) at OR Tambo International Airport.
The seminar will be run under the theme: Empower one, empower multitudes.
The objective of the Women Leadership Programme (WLP) is to increase the number of women occupying leadership positions in the region from the current 20 per cent to 40 per cent by 2028.
A media release from the AUSC Region 5 office in Gaborone says the seminar is meant to empower women and prepare them to assume leadership positions in sport.
The seminar is one of several collaborative efforts between AUSC Region 5 and TAFISA, a leading international umbrella organisation with over 300 members from more than 160 countries. TAFISA is officially recognised by UNESCO which funded the upcoming seminar.
The release further says the train the trainers seminar drew participants from each of the AUSC Region 5 member countries namely Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The trainers will be expected to train and facilitate mentorship of 20 young women leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 in each of their respective countries translating to 200 women trained every year.
Furthermore, the release says the effect of the programme is to train and mentor 2 000 women leaders between 2019 and 2028 who will lead Sport for All and Gender mainstreaming mentorship programmes in their countries.
Each member country, according to the release, has been requested to identify two competent women trainers who will join the programme.
The participants were carefully selected in consultation with sport authorities in each country to be coordinators of the programme, and to help improve young women leaders' technical leadership capabilities.
Magang is a qualified volleyball coach who coached Kutlwano volleyball men and women teams as well as BISA athletics national teams.
Magang is also a qualified athletics umpire and she was the chairperson of the first athletics umpires committee.
As president of volleyball, she introduced many athletes who were near retirement to pursue refereeing and coaching careers and some of them are now international referees.
Through her passion of developing women and the girl child, Magang hosts monthly talk shows to discuss issues that lead to poor participation of women in sport decision making positions.
She also runs leadership programmes for team captains to introduce them to leadership styles, how to work with the media, responsible use of social media and the importance of personal branding as a leader.
Matlho is part of the executive team of the Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC). She has extensive expertise in training and consulting, leadership development, service quality and executive coaching.
She has been a member of the sports development committee of the then Botswana National Sports Council since 2013.
She played for the national tennis team from the age of eight until veteran stages.
She won local tournaments such as the Botswana Open during the 1990's and also represented the country at International Tennis Federation tournaments and the Cairo All Africa Games.
She later became a badminton champion in her late teens.
She represented the University of Botswana at the Sweden World University Games in 1992 and Botswana at the Canada Commonwealth Games.
As a sports administrator and volunteer, she was in the group that created Women and Sports Botswana (WASBO) in the late 90's.
She is currently serving on the executive of WASBO in an advisory role on behalf of the sports development committee.
Source : BOPA