Welcome message from the International Chair, 1st WCFLV 2019

Dear distinguished delegates and dear friends,

It is with honour and excitement to warmly invite you to attend the 2nd BRICS Conference of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS 2019) and the 1st World Congress of Future Leader/Volunteer (WCFLV 2019), organized by the North-West University (NWU) in Cape Town, South Africa.  

The theme of these events is generous and challenging, aiming to connect the holistic health promotion with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through an interdisciplinary and international co-operation approach. A dynamic program, with keynote and invited speakers, workshops, oral presentations and group discussions, will offer the opportunity for interactive participation and shared experiences.

WCFLV 2019 is the first congress organized around the Future Leader / Volunteer (FLV) Program. Considering the FLV’s history, what started as an international program six years ago, became a collaborative network, then a social movement through community involvement. Wishing the same growth for the WCFLV, we hope this will start a biennial tradition in organizing it.

As Senior Team Leader & Senior Future Leader/Volunteer, I know that the success of any great project depends on the joint efforts of a dedicated team. The people who have worked in guiding, planning and organizing both the scientific and social program and the FLV team deserve acknowledgement. In particular, we express our gratitude toProf. Dr. Ming Kai Chin, Founder of FLV program for believing in us and coordinating us through personal example; our special thanks to Prof. Dr. Hans de Ridder, from NWU, President of BRICSCESS 2019 and WCFLV 2019, for his wise advice and role model;deepest appreciation to Prof. Dr. Larry Durstine,International Scientific Adviser, who kindly guided us to present our work in the best form; and our recognition to the Organizing Committee from the NWU, who made efforts to provide us this opportunity. Likewise, our great appreciation goes to all the International Scientific Advisers and Supervisors, for their mentoring in the process of our personal and professional development.

We look forward to meeting and welcoming you in Cape Town, October 2019, to a meaningful and memorable experience!

Sincerely,

Mariana Tudor, Ph.D 
Lecturer, University of Pitesti, Romania
International Chair, Ist WCFLV 2019
Senior Team Leader & Senior Future Leader/Volunteer (SFLV) 
The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH)

Welcome message from the National Chair, 1st WCFLV 2019

Dear distinguished delegates and dear friends,

I am honoured and delighted to welcome all of the great scientists,young researchers, students and sponsors attending the 2nd BRICS Conference of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS 2019)and the 1st World Congress of Future Leader/Volunteer (WCFLV 2019), in conjunction with the 2019 South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) Conference that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from the 10 – 13th of October 2019.

The theme of the conference is “Holistic Health, Sports Science and Sustainability: The Way Forward”. This 3 and a half days promise to have an exciting and action-packed program including renowned keynote speakers, invited speakers, workshop presenters, oral and poster presentations, group discussions and social events.

The 1st WCFLV 2019 will mark a historical milestone for the Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) Program because this will be the first time that the WCFLV will take place. The Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) Program first and foremost recognizes and mentors emergent global scholars dedicated to continuing research and development of their profession, passionate about serving local and global communities, and chosen for their innovative and interdisciplinary approach, active participation and contribution to active and healthy living strategies. This program also strives to empower people worldwide to advocate and live healthy active lifestyles. Therefore the1st WCFLV 2019 will provide the perfect forum for you as a young researcher to build up your knowledge base and provide you with the opportunity to meet and interact with leading scientists and researchers in different disciplines. One of the aims of the 1stWCFLV 2019 will be to connect the holistic health promotion with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through an interdisciplinary and international co-operation approach, and therefore also linking up with the mission of the FLV program that is to serve as ambassadors of change to educate and empower children, adults and groups of special needs globally with holistic, innovative, evidence-based, cultural-sensitive and enjoyable solutions designed for improved health status and quality of life.

Being part of a global family I know that nothing happens without sacrifices, late nights, hard work and an awesome team steering it all in the right direction. I would like to acknowledge and express my appreciation to all the people working behind the scenes to make the WCFLV a reality, starting with the founder of the FLV program, Prof. Mingkai Chin; Prof Hans de Ridder, President of BRICSCESS 2019 and WCFLV 2019; Prof. Dr. Larry Durstine, International Scientific Adviser; all the International Scientific Advisers and Supervisors and the Organizing Committee. Without you, this dream would not have become a reality.

We’re looking forward to excellent meetings, sharing knowledge, learning something new, meet old and new friends and having fun! Lastly, I hope you make a little time to explore the beautiful Cape Town, drink some South African wine and enjoy our South African cuisine.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Dané Coetzee
Associate Professor, North-West University
National Chair, 1st WCFLV 2019
The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH)