Rhodes University 2020 Student Representative Council President, Katlego Mphahlele has been selected as the 2021 ambassador of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
FISU was founded in 1949 with its key driver to expand the role and reach of university sport around the world. The FISU games are the largest global sports events for student-athletes. They are held every two years in different cities around the world, bringing together athletes from over 150 countries and have a programme that includes over 25 sporting codes. The Federation believes that sports values and sports practise work in perfect synchronicity with one’s university studies. They offer opportunity and inspiration to students around the world to play sport. FISU’s motto is “excellence in mind and body”.
Katlego said she was surprised when she was told about her selection as she applied last year but due to COVID-19, the games were cancelled. “It’s a milestone for me and such an achievement to be able to represent my country,” she said.
The Ga-Mphahlele born young leader said her selection should encourage other young leaders to know that they can reach whichever level they want as long as they are determined.
The role of the former Rhodes University SRC President will be a direct link between FISU and the students. She said her involvement should serve as a motivation for the University to invest and support sports on campus. “It is time for Rhodes University to take sports seriously, like other universities. It is sad to see students who were representing national in their high schools coming to Rhodes University and not being able to participate in sports. Our university should also reach out to the greater Makhanda and promote sport and healthy living.”
Katlego completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at Rhodes University in 2018 and is currently doing her Masters. She is the former captain of the Rhodes University basketball team and is the Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape University Sports South Africa basketball committee.