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Connecting with our centre

In previous posts I touched on numerous aspects of mindfulness in the hope that it would help us navigate with ease our prolonged exposure to negative stressors associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In the last post I suggested that if we want to remain physically and mentally healthy during this period of rapid change, we need to preserve our own… Read more →

Change

In my previous posts I explored subjects such as choice and taking care of oneself. For now, my thoughts are moving in the direction of change. I am thinking about a changing world and our own change, which extends beyond, albeit still incorporating kindness and compassion. With the world as we once knew it changing at a rapid pace, courtesy… Read more →

Emotional Pain

In my last post, I stressed that now, more than ever, we need to cultivate kindness and compassion towards ourselves so that we can extend this kindness and compassion to others.  I also briefly touched on topics such as pain and suffering. Today I want to pause for a moment at the subject of pain and specifically emotional pain. Whilst… Read more →

Start Close In

In my previous communications, I very briefly touched on topics such as choice, acceptance, pausing, reactivity versus responsiveness, opening to new possibilities, cultivating awareness and attention, riding the uncertainty wave, mindfulness, using the breath as an anchor, reconnecting with our being mode and returning to our senses in a kind, compassionate, non-judgemental way. I am aware that for some people… Read more →

Choice

Remember that word, ‘choice’ in the earlier episodes? Well, here it is again, we can choose to allow isolation to defeat us, or we can choose to rise above it, in it and through it. These are my thoughts around embracing this challenge: Given that our lives are generally go, go, go, with a focus on faster, higher, further, more,… Read more →

Make the breath your anchor!

Previously I wrote about choice and I reminded you to breathe. On the matter of choice, central to my life, is the phrase: “the choices we make will determine the life we lead”. How we ride this Coronavirus wave is up to each one of us – after all, we do have the freedom of choice no matter what the… Read more →

Getting our heads around the Coronavirus is all about choice

We have 2 choices: Option 1: We can allow it to get us down by choosing to get angry, frustrated and depressed (negative option) Option 2: We can accept that the situation is what it is (positive option) Keeping in mind that what we think (our thoughts) influences what we feel (emotions) and how we behave in the world. Sunset… Read more →

Introduction

Dr Debbie Alexander is a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD (neuropsychology/ sport). She holds numerous leadership positions in International Sport. Her passion is assisting people, in clinical and sport settings, to be the best versions of themselves. In 2020, Debbie produced 10 weekly posts under the title ‘Detour with Debbie’ to help athletes cope with the psychological issues presented by… Read more →

Bongiwe Msomi

Netball South Africa.SPAR Proteas captain. 126 Caps for the National Team. 1x World Youth Netball Champs: 2009 3x Netball World Cups: 2011, 2015, 2019. 2x Commonwealth Games: 2014, 2018. Ministerial Recognition of Excellence Award: 2019 4x Times KZN Sport Women of the year: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019. Current Occupation: UJ Netball Manager/Occupation: UJ Netball Manager/Coach

Sizwe Ndlovu

Rowing South Africa. Won gold in the men’s lightweight Coxless four in 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Presidential Order of Ikhamanga (Silver). World rowing athlete Commission, Gauteng Sports Confederation athlete Chair and SASCOC athletes and high performance commission member.

Michaela Whitebooi

Judo South Africa. Originally from Port Elizabeth, Geronay Michaela Whitebooi, South African Female Judoka and student of the University of Pretoria is currently based in Pretoria to purse her goal of representing South Africa at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Geronay is the Senior Africa Champion 2019 and 2020 and also received the silver medal at the All Africa Games 2019…. Read more →

Phumelela Mbande

Hockey SA. I am a young, up and coming professional and a leader in sport looking to inspire, motivate and empower future world leaders through education and sport. I am the current goalkeeper and vice-captain of the South African women’s hockey team that will be taking part in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. I have a huge passion for people, and… Read more →

Ernst Van Dyk

Ernst has competed with the world’s best for close to 3 decades. During his career he has participated in 7 Paralympic games as well as the 2000 Olympic Games. He has won 2 Paralympic gold, 3 silver and two bronze medals across 3 different sporting codes. During his career Ernst won the prestigious Boston Marathon 10 times amongst his many… Read more →

Louzanne Coetzee

SASAPD, Louzanne Coetzee is a fun loving outspoken athlete from the Free State. She competes at the Paralympic Games in the 1500m and will also enter for the marathon this year, however the track will be her main focus. She has competed internationally since 2013 and holds the World Record in the 5000m for blind female athletes. Other than running… Read more →

Jeff Coetzee

Tennis South Africa. As a singles player I reached a career high ranking of 184 and as a doubles player 12. In the ATP Doubles Team rankings. I was ranked as high as 3 in the world and qualified for two ATP Tour Masters Finals in 2007 and 2008. Won six ATP Tour doubles titles in my career and was… Read more →

Bridgitte Hartley (Deputy Chairperson)

I often say that I am a blonde with a flair for sport! I have been competing for South Africa in flatwater canoeing since 2005 consecutively until Covid hit us. My best achievement is winning a Bronze at the London Olympics in 2012 I have been fortunate to have won 3 world championships medals too in my career. I have… Read more →