SA hockey greats announced as ambassadors for first-ever African Sport Leadership Programme

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 06/02/2016 - 15:57

SA hockey greats announced as ambassadors for first-ever African Sport Leadership Programme

The couple Annelize and Sheldon Rostron is synonymous with the South African sporting scene – and more so the game of hockey. 

As international hockey umpires, high performance coaches and trainers this husband and wife duo was recently announced as the official ambassadors for the African Sport Leadership Programme (ASLP). The ASLP marks a first for the African continent and is set to take place from 25 September 2016 to 1 October 2016.

Annelize Rostron – Olympic umpire

After receiving her FIH (International Hockey Federation) grading in 2009, Annelize became a force to be reckoned with on the hockey field. In 2012 she was chosen as one of the umpires for the Olympic Qualifier in Belgium, acted as one of the umpires for the Four Nations Tournament in Germany and received an additional grading. The latter saw her inclusion onto the Promising Umpire List.

In 2013 she umpired at the Junior Hockey World Cup in Germany and also umpired the World Hockey League final in Argentina. Her international acclaim saw her once again receiving a new grading, that of FIH Grade 1.

Annelize continued her international success in 2014 when she was chosen as one of the umpires for the Investec Cup in London, the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and the Champions Trophy in Argentina. In 2015 she umpired at the Junior Asia Cup in China and was chosen as a reserve umpire for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

She also boasts with being the youngest FIH graded umpire in South Africa. She is ranked 18th on the international list of hockey umpires.

Annelize Rostron

Sheldon Rostron – Head Coach of the SA Women’s Hockey Team

The 31-year old Sheldon is a well-known South African coach with more than 13 years of professional experience. Of these 13 years, he spent five years abroad fulfilling several high-profile coaching capacities as Team Manager, Goal Keeper Trainer, PC and Set Piece Specialist, and General Trainer.

As a high performance trainer he has worked at club levels, university levels (North-West University and Pretoria University), provincial and national levels in various age groups. His most recent appointment being that of the Head Coach of the South African Women’s Hockey Team in March 2015.  He is also the Director of Hockey and Head Coach for the North-West University’s men’s team (at the Potchefstroom Campus) and the North West senior’s team.

His international repertoire is as impressive and includes participation in the African Championships in 2015; the World League semi-final in Valencia, Spain in 2015; consultant to Liaoning Province in China; the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup, the 2012 and 2014 Champions Challenge in Ireland and Scotland, the 2012-2014 Investec Cup, the 2013 African Cup of Nations in Kenya and the 2012 Olympic Qualifier in India.

Sheldon Rostron

More about the ASLP

The ASLP is an initiative from the Department of Sport and Recreation within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University. The programme aims to unite researchers within the field of sport and recreation, administrators, sportsmen- and women as well as professional governing bodies from across the African continent to engage in meaningful dialogue and to apply new knowledge in a practical and real-time setting. As the programme represents a tailor-made, needs-based leadership growth series the focus will be on developing the aptitude of individuals to lead the implementation of sport and physical activity related interventions as partners of multi-sectoral groups and teams operating on various levels.
 What makes the programme unique is the fact that it will not be presented as a run-of-the-mill conference, but rather as an interactive presentation which will see participants rolling-up their sleeves to take part in a variety of activities aimed to not only inform but also to stimulate debate and dialogue around issues impacting on sport science in Africa.

For more information please visit the ASLP webpage


Vaal Triangle Campus
Hendrik van Eck Boulevard Vanderbijlpark
South Africa