NWU’s Fanie nominated as one of Gauteng’s top golf coaches
To call Fanie Roos a weekend golfer with a good average would be a serious mistake. Fanie, a lecturer in Sport Management at the North-West University (NWU), is an accredited professional golfer and has just been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Professional Golfers Association of South Africa (PGA-SA) 2019 annual awards.
His nomination is in the category of Coach of the Year in the Gauteng Central Region.
In 2018, Fanie became the first NWU academic representative to address the PGA-SA Coaching Conference and this year, he will once again grace their stage as one of the province’s most prominent golf coaches.
For Fanie these highlights in his career as an academic and as a sporting professional could not have come at a more appropriate time, since he was in the process of completing his master’s thesis in golf. His area of focus was the development and support of young players.
More about Fanie
Standing on the PGA stage was a lifelong dream come true for Fanie, who has been playing golf since the tender age of six. He remembers how his father, Flip Roos, used to shorten his clubs so that they would be small enough for Fanie and his brother, Christo. His father’s dedication and training paid dividends as today Fanie manages his very own golfing academy while Christo is a national PGA professional player.
Fanie completed his BA degree in human movement science and psychology in 2003 at the NWU, followed by a postgraduate teaching diploma in 2004. He completed his honours degree in sport science at the University of Pretoria.
The science of developing young sporting talent
Asked about his views on parents who push their children to pursue only one sport in the hope of raising a professional sportsman or woman, Fanie says his belief is that children should take part in as many sporting activities as possible when growing up.
“As children take part as individuals or team players they acquire important skills that will contribute towards their future sporting success. I would advise parents and young athletes to only start specialising at the age of 15 or 16 years,” says Fanie.
Fanie started his coaching career 13 years ago, and is a class AAA PGA professional. After a stint as a teacher at Emfuleni Park Primary, he kicked off his academic career as a junior lecturer at the NWU in 2014.