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Van Dyk comes on board Cycling South Africa

Beijing 2008 Paralympic gold medallist, Ernst van Dyk, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for Cycling South Africa (CSA), giving an all-important voice at the highest level of the sport’s administration to currently competing cyclists and cyclists with disabilities.

This is part of CSA’s strategy to be more integrated and mindful of the needs of currently competing racers and is an important catalyst in closing a decades-old rift between the sport’s administrators and its competitors.

At its most recent congress earlier this year, CSA changed its constitution to allow for a rider representative to be appointed to the Board of Trustees, previously only the domain of administrators. Van Dyk was appointed to fill that role.

ÔÇ£It’s a step in the right direction. With an active participating racer on the board, the riders will have a voice at the highest level of the sport. I believe this is one of the reasons the sport has struggled to find consistent direction in the past,ÔÇØ explained Van Dyk, winner of the gold medal in the handcycling road race in Beijing.

ÔÇ£What’s important for modern administrators to realise is that the people they serve, in this case the cyclists, are their clients. With CSA now being restructured to be more business-orientated, it makes sense to ensure these good business values are channeled through all the various groupings under the cycling umbrella,ÔÇØ added Van Dyk.

The other key factor in Van Dyk’s appointment to the CSA Board is that he’s also a member of the SASCOC Athlete’s Commission, which gives cycling additional representation as a sporting code within the country’s highest ranking sports governing body.

ÔÇ£I don’t foresee any drastic or immediate changes taking place. But there will be gradual improvements as new decisions are made. With a fresh approach to managing the sport by appointing the right kind of people in key positions, it’s a very exciting time for cycling in this country and I’m proud to be a part of the solution.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£This is just another pillar in the foundations of the new-look CSA,ÔÇØ explained CSA CEO, Barry Mocke. ÔÇ£We obviously have huge respect for Ernst and what he has achieved. He’s also a very experienced international traveler and athlete and understands the needs of participating cyclists better than most. Ernst will undoubtedly add essential depth to the Board, which will improve the overall efficiency of the management of sport of cycling.ÔÇØ

Also adding their support on an occasional basis at administrative level are professional road racers, Malcolm Lange and Chrissie Viljoen and professional downhill mountain biker, Greg Minnaar, who will act as rider representatives.