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  • Writer's pictureMosibodi Whitehead

Queen Mofokeng enters CGA Presidential race

Queen Mofokeng is the latest candidate to throw her hat into the ring for Central Gauteng Athletics' election. The founder and chairperson of Khomanani Athletics Club has confirmed to #TheTopRunner that she has submitted her candidacy and will run for the presidency.

"A few clubs have approached me to stand as they feel change and transformation is long overdue in our sport – the province is ready for a female President. I accepted the nominations as I am confident that I have the leadership capabilities to make a change and take our province to the number one spot again," she said.

Mofokeng has been involved in athletics administration since 2005 says she fell in love with the sport when her company's wellness programme introduced athletics and she added it to her exercise routine. The former Diepkloof Athletic Club runner went on to complete the Comrades and Two Oceans Marathon, saying she loves the sport because it allows her to lead a healthy lifestyle while slowing down the ageing process.

Aside from the health benefits of running, Mofokeng champion's it's importance for developing the youth. "It improves physical and emotional wellness. It also teaches them long lasting skills such as discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership," explained the CGA council member. Development is one of five key principles in her manifesto.

"The province is the biggest, yet they produce less athletes at national and international events, an inclusive development strategy must be developed and implemented, with a focus on the youth, females and disabled athletes." The aspects of her vision for CGA centre around transforming the governance structures of the regional sports federation.

"Whilst athletics has evolved, CGA constitution was last updated in 2010. There are some clauses that need to be reviewed in order to remain compliant. Financial and procurement management need major improvement and attention. For the past three years, the province has had qualified reports, corrective measures recommended by auditors must be implemented."

She also believes that clubs must do more in making sure that the board delivers on its mandate. "The confusion that has been practice throughout the years, of clubs neglecting the role and responsibilities and taking a back seat in active participation must change. The council needs to take its rightful place and responsibility in directing the objectives of the province and holding the board accountable. Good governance is mandatory in attracting and strengthen long term public and private partners and sponsors," she concluded.

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