Former President Nelson Mandela signed the Olympic Truce in Athens in 2002

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining, in a balanced whole, the qualities of body, will and mind – blending sport with culture and education.

It seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

The goal is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind in the Olympic spirit.  It requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, respect  and fair play.

Added value towards Olympism is to provide leadership in educating, motivating and providing guidance on the relationship between the Olympic Movement and the excellence.  Sustainable development on excellence programmes is a worldwide Olympic goal.

Gert Potgieter

Altus Sport Executive Director to the board and founder of Altus Sport was appointed by the International Olympic Academy Participants Committee (IOAPA) as South Africa’s coordinator for 2023.

Gert is the co-founder of Altus Sport in 1994. His passion is Olympic Education and Values and was the founder of the first Olympic Academy of South Africa. He is a former Olympian, elected SA men’s athlete of the century in 2000, former world record holder and also played provincial rugby. Inaugurated in the SA Hall of Fame. He wrote several coaching publications and lectured internationally on sport and Olympic education. In 2016 he was awarded as ambassador of SSCN. Accredited sport facilitator, assessor and moderator at ETDP-SETA.

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