Welcome Message from the Patron, Professor dr. Dan Kgwadi, Vice-Chancellor of the North-West University in South Africa

After the success of the first BRICSCESS conference in Brazil, we look forward with great expectancy to a productive and enjoyable follow-up in Cape Town, South Africa.

As patron of the 2019 BRICSCESS Conference, I can assure you of the North-West University’s commitment not only to the conference’s success but also the achievement of BRICSESS’ objectives.

In particular, BRICSCESS seeks to promote communication among young researchers, future leaders and students. This falls squarely in the realm of universities. It is, therefore, my university’s firm goal to help facilitate this objective on an on-going basis.

I look forward seeing you in our country and wish the organisers well.

Prof. Dr. Dan Kgwadi
Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the North-West University, South Africa

Welcome Message from the International Adviser, Prof. Dr. Ming-Kai Chin

As the Founding President of BRICSCESS and International Adviser of BRICSCESS 2019 & 1st World Congress of Future Leader/Volunteer (WCFLV 2019), and on behalf of the President Prof. Dr. Hans de Ridder, North-West University and Co-President Prof. Dr. Maya van Gent, University of Fort Hare, of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd BRICS Conference of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS 2019), it is my great pleasure to welcome you to attend this global event. 

"With the full support of Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Dan Kgwadi and the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof. Awie Kotze, BRICSCESS 2019 and WCFLV 2019 will be organized by the North-West University (NWU) in Cape Town, South Africa from 10-13 October 2019 with the theme “Holistic Health, Sports Science and Sustainability: The Way Forward”.

The economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) are ranked not only for their global competitiveness and influence but most notably for their guiding commitment to connect advances in economic growth to enhanced quality of life for their citizens. Phenomenal and rapid development and emphasis in the fields of exercise and sports science underscore this priority which the rest of the world may positively view as a movement and mandate to strive for. The BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS) responds to regional health and wellness needs while providing proven and replicable strategies worldwide.

For the first time, BRICSCESS 2019 will be jointly organized with South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) in conjunction with their SASMA 2019 Conference as well as the WCFLV 2019. Young scholars of our profession are our future. The Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) program started in 2013 with the vision to “empower people worldwide to advocate and live healthy active lifestyles”.  

BRICSCESS 2019 and WCFLV 2019 are exploring the co-operation of an interdisciplinary approach for promotion of holistic health through sports science with sustainability in BRICS and global perspective. BRICSCESS is proud to work closely with different global partners including The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH) and UN Global Sustainable Index Institute (UNGSII) to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to 193 countries.

26 internationally renowned speakers and 18 FLV representing 23 countries and regions worldwide have lent support to BRICSCESS 2019 and WCFLV 2019 committed to establishing a Global Exercise Science Network. The three and a half day conference is formatted to interweave thought-provoking group sessions with colleague interaction and impromptu dialogue exchange in informal settings.

We are confident that the beautiful natural setting and harbour view in Cape Floristic Region such as Table Mountain and Cape Point in Cape Town and the hospitality of the South African people will warm and enrich what portends to be a momentous and change-producing experience. I look forward to personally greeting you in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2019.

In anticipation of our shared discovery,

Prof. Dr. Ming-Kai Chin
International Adviser, BRICSCESS 2019 & Ist WCFLV 2019
Founding President, BRICS Council of Exercise & Sports Science (BRICSCESS)
Hong Kong-China

Welcome Message from the President of BRICSCESS 2019, Prof. Dr. Hans de Ridder

Dear friends from around the world

It is my privilege and honour to welcome you all, to the BRICSCESS 2019 Conference as well as the 1st World Congress of Future Leader/Volunteer (WCFLV 2019). We are looking very much forward to having you all here in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2019. This will be a first for Africa and it is indeed a great honour to have this truly global event sponsored by my own institution, the North-West University. We also feel very honoured to be the second country in the BRICS family, to present this BRICSCESS World Conference. I really hope that we can live up to the high standards of our Brazilian predecessors, Professors Ricardo Uvinha and Nara de Oliveira which presented a fantastic conference in 2017 in Santos.

Both BRICSCESS 2019 as well as WCFLV 2019, promises to be fantastic events and also an experience that will live in our memories for many years to come. My wish is also that in the future we will remember our time in Cape Town in 2019, as the event that changed the lives of the people of Africa for the better. Enjoy your time in our beautiful country and make time after the conference to travel in South Africa and experience one of the most fantastic countries in the world.

With kind regards
Vriendelike groete
Sala Sentle
Hamba Kahle

Prof. Dr. Hans de Ridder
Professor and Director, School of Human Movement Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
President BRICSCESS 2019
Founder Secretary-General and Vice-President (South Africa) BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science
Senior Vice-President, ISAK
Member of the Board of Directors of the GCH Foundation
President, GoFPEP 2014

Welcome Message from the Chair of the Scientific Committee, Prof. Dr. Maya Van Gent

Dear attendees

I would like to welcome “old” and “new” friends to the BRICSCESS 2019 Conference as well as the 1st World Congress of Future Leader/Volunteer (WCFLV 2019).  We are very excited to host you in Cape Town, the number one city in Africa for business tourism events in 2017 (ICCA), and showcase our beautiful country, South Africa to you!  

It is truly a great privilege to be part of the Organising Committee and I am very honoured to be chairing the Scientific Committee for BRICSCESS 2019 Conference, supported by national and international experts in various subject areas related to sport and physical activity.   I would also like to sincerely thank all the members of the Scientific Committee for the contribution that you made to ensure that BRICSCESS 2019 Conference met the high scholarly standard we all expect!

I, on behalf of the Scientific Committee, hope that you will enjoy the conference, that you will be actively involved in discussions with fellow academics, researchers and practitioners, all for the advancement of sport and physical activity in the world. And after all the work is done, I hope that you also find some time to experience our beautiful country!

Kindest regards

Prof. Dr. Maya VAN GENT
Associate Professor
Human Movement Science Department
University of Fort Hare 
South Africa
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