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Mr Neil Margetts 3 November 2011
c/o Johannesburg Section
Mountain Club of South Africa
P.O. Box 1641
LETTER OF CONGRATULATION & APPRECIATION
Youth Leadership in SANCF
News of the successful first participation by a South African Youth Team in the Sport Climbing World Youth Championships, held in Austria this year, was tabled at the regular meeting of Cencom held in Cape Town on Saturday 29th October.
Cencom was delighted to hear the news as there have been many expressions of support from the MCSA for SANCF in the recent past and for the manner in which young sport climbers are being challenged and encouraged to take part in so healthy an activity.
A motion of congratulation was passed and I was given the pleasant task of conveying to you and to all concerned with this pioneering effort the club’s warmest congratulations. In accepting the task, I was very mindful of the pride I felt in my country when at the recent UIAA General Assembly in Kathmandu mention was made of these Youth Championships, in a report by the Youth Commission, and of South Africa’s participation.
Please be assured of the MCSA’s continued support for your work and for the continued growth of the SANCF. Also of Cencom’s wish that some sort of formal MOU can still be drawn up between our organisations so that we can continue to be of assistance to each other in achieving what are very similar goals where our youth are concerned.
The need for such a MOU was again brought to my attention in Kathmandu when it was reported to me by one of my colleagues from a Portugese federation that our country’s absence had been noted with disappointment at a meeting of the International Sport Climbing Federation held earlier this year in Rome.
You will perhaps remember that invitations to contribute to this meeting had come to the MCSA as the only federation on record at the time in South Africa which supports Sport Climbing. Although the invitation was passed on it sadly seems to have got lost as I am informed that we went on record as “non respondents” at this meeting.
Hopefully this omission can be rectified in the future and I feel confident in confirming the MCSA’s support for your federation’s particular branch of climbing and for our willingness to help SANCF continue to grow.
Dave Jones - MCSA President