Towards the end of last year, The World Rowing Federation, FISA announced that Lawrence Sizwe Ndlovu, South Africa’s 2012 Olympic Champion and ex-Mondeor High learner, was selected as commission member with the title of Lightweight Men’s Athlete Representative.
This new title will see Ndlovu working with the Executive Committee of FISA to address the needs and issues of the rowers of the world in that event. It may also include influencing FISA decision-making to take account of the athletes’ points of view.
Once Ndlovu attends the first meeting with the Committee next month in Frankfurt, he will be informed of all his responsibilities.
When asked how he felt about this appointment, Ndlovu told the TIMES, “I feel honoured. It is a sign of recognition for the work and the years I have put in in rowing. I am looking forward to getting the exposure and being part of the Commission. The idea of knowing that I am able to contribute positively to athletes’ lives not only in my country but also from all parts of the world is humbling and flattering.”
Ndlovu added that he was looking forward to the challenges and the responsibilities the position might come with.
In order to be selected, Ndlovu had to meet specific criteria The FISA Committee then had a list of delegates meeting the requirements that they chose from. “I was informed that I had made the list, submitted the requested documentation and awaited the results,” Ndlovu explained.
Ndlovu currently stays in the South of Johannesburg while his training base is at the hpc, University of Pretoria in Pretoria. His main focus is on the 2016 Olympics, with his 2015 goals being to do well in the World Championships and qualify for the upcoming Olympics.