Mahlasedi Phiri Takes the Lead in Sports Administration: A Journey of Growth and Knowledge



Mahlasedi Phiri, the USSAR Manager and dedicated member of the St Benedict’s College Sports Staff, recently had the privilege of attending the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Sports Administration Course. This invaluable opportunity, made possible by Rowing South Africa, allowed Phiri to immerse herself in a week-long program designed by the International Olympic Committee to enhance the skills and knowledge of sports administrators.

The Comprehensive Curriculum:

The course, which took place from the 23rd to the 27th of October, covered a broad spectrum of essential topics in sports administration. Participants delved into crucial areas such as leadership, governance, finance, communication, and event management. The curriculum aimed to equip individuals like Phiri with the tools and strategies necessary to navigate the intricate landscape of sports organization management.

Learning from the Best:

The trainers leading the course brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, introducing participants to best practices in sports administration. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical insights, Phiri and her fellow attendees gained a comprehensive understanding of the principles that drive successful sports organizations.

Practical Tools for Success:

One of the standout features of the course was its emphasis on providing practical tools for effective sports administration. Attendees learned how to apply the theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios, preparing them to address the challenges and opportunities that arise in the dynamic field of sports management.

Building a Solid Foundation:

The SASCOC Sports Administration Course was designed to lay a solid foundation for participants, empowering them to assume leadership roles within their respective sports organizations. By the end of the program, Phiri and her fellow participants were equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to manage and administer sports organizations and events, both at the national and international levels.

A Grateful Participant:

Reflecting on her experience, Phiri expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn from the best in the sports industry. The connections and friendships forged during the course extended beyond the classroom, reaching into various sport codes across the country. This network provides a valuable resource for collaboration and mutual support as Phiri continues to contribute to the development of the sports industry.


Mahlasedi Phiri’s attendance at the SASCOC Sports Administration Course marks a significant step in her journey as a sports administrator. Armed with new knowledge, skills, and a network of like-minded professionals, Phiri is poised to make a meaningful impact on USSAR and St Benedict’s College sports. Her dedication to continuous learning and improvement reflects not only a commitment to personal growth but also a dedication to the advancement of sports administration in South Africa.

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