The 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards & Summit

Douglas Ryder, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

Sport Industry Group has announced the launch of the 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards and Summit, which is set to take place on 12th May 2017 at Vodaworld Events Conference Venue and on 18th May 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre respectively.

“Future Proofing” has become a prerequisite in the constantly changing environment of the business of sport. Technology is now firmly embedded in our everyday lives, influencing our behaviours, values and makes us constantly seek out new ways, unveiling exciting, new opportunities that must be leveraged and embraced by organisations to unlock value for stakeholders.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln

To unpack this theme further during the Discovery Sport Industry Summit we will explore topics like digital streaming, monetising digital content, the rise of the new African consumer, the importance of Sportentertainment and the growth of eSports through a line-up of key note addresses, panel discussions and breakaway sessions.

The speaking panel will be headlined by La Liga President Javier Tebas. The programme of discussions is going to ensure lively debates at various levels. The line up of speakers are Chief Investment Officer, MSG Afrika and Business Host on Power FM, Andile Khumalo as host and Facilitator, Neo Matsau Bamboo Network, Ailsa Wingfield Nielsen, Stephen Watson Discover Digital, Rona Matthew Bamboo Network, Kingsley Makhubela Brand SA, Gregory Bolle La Liga, Douglas Ryder Founder Ryder Cycling: Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Ben Amarfio Cricket Australia, Gareth Whittaker T+W, Mimi Mthethwa-Zulu Netball SA, Gareth Cliff, Kelvin Watt Nielsen Sports, Dr Craig Nossel Vitality Wellness.

The Discovery Sport Industry Awards celebrates the best work in the business of sport and showcases all the great work that has been completed during the previous awards cycle. For the coming cycle, to cater for a fast-paced industry, several new categories have been added which include Best Management of a Sportsperson, Sport Industry Personality of the Year and New Agency of the Year. Additionally, new criteria have been added to existing categories to further increase their relevance.

Dinesh Govender, chief marketing officer of Discovery added: “We are honoured to sponsor the Discovery Sport Industry Awards and Summit because it provides a platform upon which to share industry excellence, connect businesses and professionals, and celebrate the great work done in sport.”

Govender notes that sport plays a very important role in society by being a vehicle for positive social change, stating, “sport promotes healthier, active lifestyles and teaches people how preparation, determination and perseverance can help them to achieve their goals.”

Sport Industry Group also announced that an extra layer of judging has been added to make the awards process even more rigorous and stringent. Deloitte will once again serve as the independent adjudicator to ensure the Awards maintain their esteemed positioning and integrity. Sgwili Gumede, chairman of Sport Industry Group commented: “We are excited about this new chapter in the Discovery Sport Industry Awards and Summit.

We believe these incremental changes will elevate the 2017 event to new levels of excellence and participation.”