Botswana Judo Executive Committee, Judo Club Representatives, Coaches, Ladies and Gentlemen it gives me great pleasure to be standing in front of you tonight presenting our developments and activities.
I am delighted to introduce the 2012/2013 Annual Report this is the final report in the 2009 – 2012 quadrennial for us as an Executive Committee, who have learnt so much leading this Federation. As I was working on this report, I went through the previous reports and it amazed me just how much we have achieved in the past four years, running this Federation solely by volunteers, just think how far we could be with full time staff. When we think about volunteer work, we usually assume that it is for the benefit of the people we are helping. Yet, through the experience of helping others, we come to realize that volunteering is not a one-way process at all—we too are receiving something valuable in return. Ladies and Gentleman of the BJF, I salute you.
I hope you will find this to be an interesting and informative report. This was again a successful 12 months for Botswana Judo but we did have a number of challenging issues, as you would expect in a growing governing body of sport.
We spent much of the reporting year preparing for the African Judo Union Cadet and Junior Championships – both the athletes and also all other elements to support the event like volunteers and logistics. Ultimately it was a life changing event of great achievement and I hope that you all enjoyed the moments as I did.
Our key objectives are growth and development and I am pleased to report that we delivered across the board. Not only have we delivered by way of the Judo 2 Schools programme, we have delivered with our first ever Continental medals, which was a Bronze won by Edwin Sello and a Team Botswana Bronze at the Cadet African Championships. We went on to win 3 medals at the SCZA Zone VI Games. As the Chairperson of the BNSC commented, “Judo the new kid on the block is showing us what they are made of”. We have also delivered our first ever Continental Referee, Jafta Letsholo.
We have accomplished much but we are still only at the beginning of our journey. Let us not take these accomplishments and become complacent, let us continue into the next quadrennial working harder and keeping focus on our core mandate, taking judo to the people. This can only be achieved by a strong and dedicated team, standing together as one.
We have come along way and worked hard in creating long term relationships and friendships with our International and Continental bodies as well as our local bodies. These relationships are vital to our growth and future development. Let’s maintain the status quo.
I would be doing a great injustice if I did not thank our main financial partners for their loyal support in 2012, The Botswana National Sports Council for increasing our grant to P1, 700,000.00 in order to host a successful championships as well as to continue to run our day to day activities, The Botswana National Olympic Committee and the International Judo Federation. I would however like to highlight two institutions that are not part of the sporting fraternity. The first one being the Grand Palm, the value of their donation to us for hosting the African Championships was P800,000.00. The second one being Embassy of Japan in Botswana, we received a grant to the value of $68 000.00 from them which enabled us to purchase International Standard Judo Mats as well as training mats. We also managed to purchase judo gi’s from the grant. Without these two entities the African Championships would not have been the success they were. Ladies and Gentleman not only did the Embassy of Japan support us with equipment they also arranged once again for four professional coaches to come to Botswana and work with our children and coaches.
Ladies and Gentleman I would like to thank each and every one of you who contributed to a successful year for Botswana Judo. This is a team effort – one in which supportive partnerships are essential in order to maximise the potential of the sport. We rely on the Executive, Directing Committee, Coaches, Referees, Officials, Players and a host of dedicated volunteers to deliver our sport. A special thank you to the development coaches, Gilberto, Kingsley, Jafta, Jeong and Kgosipula you are the heart and soul of the Federation. As is customary at the AGM every year I hand out a number of certificates and this year is no different.
- BJF Executive Committee – 4 years dedicated service to the BJF
- BJF President’s Award Best Development Coach 2012 – Kingsley Segokotlo
- BJF President’s Award Most Improved Development Coach 2012 – Kgosipula Kuapa
- BJF President’s Award Best Development Club Administrator 2012 – Patricia Nthibo
- BJF President’s Award Referee 2012 – Jafta Letsholo
- BJF President’s Award Best Judoka 2012 – Edwin Sello
- BJF President’s Award Pioneer of Judo in Botswana – Willie Paulsen
In summary, this was a challenging yet successful year. Going forward, the Federation needs to be more innovative in the ways we generate income so that we can be more independent of the Sports Council.
This is my last President’s report to you the members as you will be voting for a new President this year. Holding this position for the past four years has been a great honour and privilege, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the tremendous support that you have given to me and I hope that the next President will enjoy the same level of support.
2012-2013 AGM JUDO REPORT