No athlete can survive without competition. Competition serves as a guide to the coach in respect of knowing the extent to which the training undertaken is impact the athlete’s growth and development in the particular sport.
Competitions must also be progressive. As the athlete improves he/she has to be pitted against athletes in ever-higher levels of competition.
Many of our athletes rise quickly to the top of their game at home. Having tasted the sweet taste of success at home they consider themselves stars until they are deflated in the one or two regional and/or international competitions in which they are involved annually.
What can we expect?
Athletes need regular competitions. They need to be involved in regional and international competitions on a much more frequent basis than is currently the case.
The foregoing requires a huge financial outlay.
National sports associations cannot afford the financial outlay required to ensure the success of our athletes beyond local shores.