POLOKWANE — Sello Maduma of Polokwane’s Sello Maduma Fencing Academy was among 32 fencing coaches from around the world who participated in the International Coaching Enrichment Program Certificate at the University of Delaware in the United States in September.
The one-year training scholarship was offered by Olympic Solidarity in partnership with the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center and the University of Delaware.
Maduma said the course taught her different aspects of fencing.
“It was a privilege and an honor to be part of the team that participated in the course. I was with US national team coaches Natalie Dostert and former national team coach Adrey Geva who is also the owner of the number one ranked epee team in the US – Alliance Fencing Academy . I am happy to have participated in their conversations. This does not happen often, sometimes when conversing with such people you feel like you are drowning. It was encouraging to share a space with them and they helped me deepen my knowledge of fencing. I learned various fencing styles, grip, foot movement and technical awareness. These are the things I want to focus on to improve my training. I also learned sports psychology, sports medicine, sports development, the importance of grassroots development and teamwork.
Maduma will complete the course at the Olympic headquarters in Switzerland in April 2023.
“There is a lot of work to do. I have to write a thesis on the development of fencing in the province. The challenges faced by fencers in our villages, schools in rural areas and what can we do to develop them. It will be presented in Switzerland and after that I will receive my qualification.