Ciska du Plessis-Austin has been elected as the first female president of Cycling South Africa, it was announced following the elective annual general meeting of the organisation in Johannesburg at the weekend.
Kevin Green, from Paarl, was elected vice-president.
This is the first time representatives from the Boland have been elected to the top two positions of the institution.
Treasurer Andre du Toit was re-elected.
“Accepting this position and undertaking the task at hand will take some time to align and roll-out,” said Du Plessis-Austin, who served for a year as vice-president.
“The sports industry has changed and we will now change with it.
“I am worried about the digital craze amongst the youth and the resulting decline in their participation numbers. It is a concern for all sports, but we will endeavour to make cycling in all its forms more attractive.”
Du Plessis-Austin presented her proposed strategy for the next four years, which will focus on seven key business and development units.
Her vision is to better align all the parties involved in the sport and create a united front.
The proposed strategy includes a focus on a clearer talent development pathway within a stronger-positioned sporting structure.