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Sports Science Institute of South Africa

Founded in 1994 by world-renowned scientist, Professor Tim Noakes and rugby legend, Morné du Plessis, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), nestled amongst the oak trees of Newlands, seeks to optimise the sporting performance and health of all South Africans.

This vision was generated through extensive interaction between Morné and Tim, together with other key role players. SSISA has a strategic alliance with and houses the University of Cape Town/Medical Research Council (UCT/MRC), Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), headed up by Professor Tim Noakes.  This allows for interaction between SSISA’s various services, ensuring that these and the programmes they offer remain best practice and cutting edge.  It is this synergy and the ability to deliver a product from inception to the market place that distinguishes SSISA from similar institutions or organisations.

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SSISA offers a diverse range of services, which include high performance offerings, a state of the art wellness and fitness centre, conference facilities, a bouquet of exciting sports and wellness programmes and many social investment initiatives.  Other specialist health services include a dietary practice, physiotherapy, sports massage, sports psychology, a specialised biokinetics offering, sports medicine, orthopaedics and podiatry.  Open seven days a week, the gym is an inspiring environment in which to train.  It is professional, friendly and geared up for safe and effective training with modern fitness equipment and highly qualified staff.

SSISA has recently launched some exciting new programmes – a triathlon programme for novice triathletes, Boot Camp programmes in Newlands, Durbanville and Pinelands as well as a strength training programme for runners. SSISA caters for all members – from the couch potato or the individual with health risks, to cool teenagers, to adrenaline junkies, aspiring athletes and our National sporting teams.  Visit, become a Facebook fan and stay abreast of all the latest news, tips and research findings in the world of sports science or give them a call on 021-659 5600 to find out more.

Ross Tucker

Dr Ross Tucker has a PhD in Exercise Physiology at Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town, Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

In the past – he headed of Research at the SAIL Group, the largest sports management and marketing company in South Africa.

He is also running physiologist and technical consultant to Adidas South Africa and scientific editor of Runners World South Africa, writing monthly articles on the latest developments in science and research on running and as well as feature length article every three months.  He also responsible for reviewing any articles or content that is scientifically related.

Since 2008, Dr Tucker has been an advisor and consultant to the South African National Sevens team, under the leadership of coach Paul Treu. His roles have included consulting with the coach and management, and motivational speaking engagements with the team prior to participation in the World Sevens Series in Dubai and George.

He is also co-author of the Runner’s World ‘the Runner’s Body: How the Latest Exercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer, and Faster’ book.

Gift of being a thought leader, a critical thinker and able to translate science into layman’s terms in both the written form and in presentations……..evidence of that is full auditorium tonight.

Gill Taylor

Gill Taylor is the manager of the Sports Science Institute’s ETD department which was established in 2007.   Its objective is to offer education and training opportunities for all prospective learners in an effort to upskill members of the sport, fitness and recreation industry.

The SSISA is an accredited licensed training provider for Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Education Training Authority (Cathsseta) and Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA)

Combined with their Macsteel Maestro programme, which is globally recognised for work in athlete careers, education and life skills, SSISA will be ensuring that Endurocad athletes are given the coping mechanisms to be successful both in their sport and in life in general.

Stellenbosch Academy of Sport


SAS is a professional sports training and preparation environment, located in the Stellenbosch Winelands of the Western Cape. It is the home of the Springbok Sevens Team and has already hosted many local and international teams and athletes across various sport codes.


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Facilities and services on-site include indoor and outdoor training fields, a state-of-the-art gym, access to leading sports scientists, doctors, coaches, physiotherapists and biokineticists, cutting-edge conference facilities, comfortable athlete accommodation and performance-nutrition catering.  The experienced SAS team tailors the experience to the specific requirements of each visiting team or athlete so that they can focus on their performance objectives.


As one of ENDUROCAD’s leading endurance coaches, Kathleen is able to share her passion and knowledge and experience as a leading IAAF coach.

Kathleen Shuttleworth

Kathleen brings a wide range of skills to the team having over the past  15 years managed a diverse range of projects from software projects for large corporate clients to national sports development projects in underprivileged communities.  Her passion for athletics led her to actively start coaching and promoting the sport of athletics among the youth in 2004.

Since then she has become a leading role player in the development athletics programmes for children and youth as well as the development of coaches in South Africa.

Kathleen pioneered the introduction of the IAAF Kids athletics programme into the Western Province in 2007. Since then she has trained over 250 teachers and coaches to implement the programme.

After pioneering the programme at her local running club 2011, Kathleen has played a leading role in seeing the programme expand to more than 15 clubs in the western province in just over a year.

She qualified as an IAAF Athletics lecturer in 2011 and is currently one of the lead implementers of coach education for athletics in South Africa.

While working at the JAG Foundation, Kathleen developed a set of educational resources for youth running coaches. Close to 80 coaches from around the country have been educated through her resources and workshops.

Since 2006, Kathleen has also annually organized highly successful training camps for high school athletes.

Kathleen is currently the head coach at the largest running club in the Western Cape, Varsity Old Boys and serves as a key advisor to the WP Athletics development committee on the development of athletics among children and youth.

Hans van der Veen

As ENDUROCAD’s leading sports psychologist, Hans is able to share his passion and  knowledge and experience as a leading sports psychologist.

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Hans van der Veen’s involvement in the sport of athletics started as an athlete – he still holds a couple of South African junior records that he set in the early 1980’s. In 1992 he qualified as a clinical psychologist – his dissertation was in the field of cognitive sport psychology.

When he relocated to Oudtshoorn in 1994 he became actively involved in the coaching of middle and long distance runners from the Klein Karoo area. In 2007 ASWD nominated him as coach of the year – his athletes continue to perform well in South Africa. In a province with limited opportunities for athletes he started the annual Oudtshoorn Holiday Athletics and Street Mile events in 2009.

He believes that his multi-faceted exposure to the sport of athletics, on both practical, theoretical and business levels, has developed an unique understanding of the many factors needed to develop champion athletes.

Jacques Jansen van Rensburg

As one of ENDUROCAD’s leading service providers, Jacques is able to…

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Jacques Jansen van Rensburg was one of the best juniors’ athletes in the South Africa over distances ranging from 1500m to cross country.  He ran his first dream mile at the age of 19 and till today holds 2 SA junior records on the track (mile in 3:58 and 2000m in 5:07)

Jacques was on a full scholarship to University of Nebraska where he studied Exercise Physiology and graduated in 1991. During that period he received his All-American USA colors for both track and cross-country.

He returned to SA and represented & captained two teams to world cross country championships; he won numerous road races and is a well experienced marathon athlete.

Today he owns his own lifestyle training business, coach a group of talented athletes from junior to national level with great success.  He is still competing and a great example and role model to many.

During his running career he did numerous short courses to massage and work for over 2 years at the Back to Health Chiropractic Centre in Georgia, Atlanta.  Today an extensive part of his business is to optimize personal performance through preventative treatments including deep myo-fascial massage, alignment and functional rehabilitation.

Andrea du Plessis

Andrea du Plessis (B.Sc Dietetics, M.Phil Exercise Science) is a registered dietician with a passion for healthcare through nutrition, natural remedies and an active, healthy lifestyle.

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As head of customer care at Vital Health Foods, she regularly presents radio talks on nutrition and provides educational workshops on nutritional supplements and health foods. Andrea du Plessis answers nutrition and health related questions as Vitamin Expert on, South Africa’s leading health website. As Nutrition Expert she shares daily nutrition tips, healthy recipes and health advice on the Expresso Breakfast Show and also on the Doctor’s Orders medical show on SABC 3.

For health and nutrition advice, contact Andrea du Plessis on:

Vital toll-free helpline: 0800 223311 during office hours

Marc Moore Photography (MMP)

Photography is all about venturing into the magnificence of the world and capturing its essence – a rich profusion of colour and contrasts that we call “life”!

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I come from a marketing background. I’ve been fortunate to be exposed to some of South Africa’s top photographers in the fashion and lifestyle sectors. Apart from having studied at CTSP, I’ve picked up priceless insider tips that one just can’t learn from a book or via a study course.
I believe in displaying my work in as natural a format as possible. Candid and unedited. As authentic as the moment in which each photo was shot. Capturing the creativity in adventure, the fragility in beauty and the rush of the unexpected.
Everyone has their own style. Hopefully mine will intrigue you, in the same way that life’s everyday moments, seen from a different angle and in a different light, surprise and delight. May your senses wander freely as you escape into the world of MMP…


First of its kind on the continent, The SA Endurance Academy aims to become the most proficient distance running and endurance sports academy in Africa.  Together with its partners, Stellenbosch University (SU), the Stellenbosch Sports Academy (SSA) and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), the SA Endurance Academy offers a complete suite of services to support and professional manage world class distance runners.

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