Development of young cyclists remains Botswana Cycling Association (BCC) President Mmetla Masire’s top priority as he starts his second term in office. Masire was re-elected BCA president at the association’s Annual General Meeting held over the weekend. In his acceptance speech after being re-elected Masire vowed to keep driving the association to greater heights by continuing the good work they started. He said he is happy that he and most of his committee members were re-elected to lead the association once more. “This is important because it allows for some consistence and for programmes that we had started to be taken to the next level,” said Masire. He, however, also welcomed the two new members of the executive committee, saying they will come with new ideas to build on what has already been started.
Masire said for the next three years BCA’s focus will be on among others development of young cyclists. Even though he acknowledged that Botswana has seen major improvements in some young cyclists, Masire explained that it is important to develop a pool of young cyclists, especially ladies. “We need to make sure we grow the number and start getting the top ones to compete more in international events and getting them ranked,” he said. The other focus for the committee will be the implementation of the BCA strategy. A strategic plan was developed in 2015 to align BCA strategy with that of Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC). Masire therefore called for the affiliates who were involved in the development of the strategy to assist the committee in making sure the strategy is implemented.
Just like any other association BCA needs support from sponsors to push their mandate forward. As a result Masire said sponsors or partners will be also at the top of the committee’s priority. He called on everyone to do their part in trying to get sponsors to the association. “We need to make sure we communicate our value proposition to the business community. A cyclist is like a moving advertisement board that is seen by hundreds or thousands of motorists depending on where they are cycling,” said Masire. The new committee has Masire as President, Tlamelo Dube as Secretary General, Karabo Rasenyai as Treasurer, Kagiso Potongwane as Public Relations Officer, with two additional members being Jeremiah Kokwane and Game Moompe.