Calder great example for SA women
Helping golfer Ernie Els win the 2012 British Open was one of the proudest moments of Dr Sherylle Calder’s illustrious career.
Dr Calder is a sport scientist specialising in visual-motor performance. She is the creator of the EyeGym training programme, designed to enhance sporting productivity and academic performance by taking the user through a series of visual training exercises.
Besides assisting golfing hero Els, she has contributed to victory in back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles, first with England in 2003 and then with South Africa in 2007.
And her latest triumph is especially appropriate, with August particularly Women’s Day on 9 August being dedicated to celebrating women in South Africa. Dr Calder is one of SA’s leading women, and in 2008 won the sport category in the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year competition.
Calder believes that if women were to feature in all aspects of society, the ideal of empowering South African women would be fulfilled.
“My advice to all women who find themselves in a male-dominated profession is to be good at what you do and show respect within a professional environment. Then working in such a profession shouldn’t be a problem.”
Calder said focusing on women in the way it’s done during the month of August is very important. “Most importantly, it creates awareness of what women are achieving, as this monthandday give specialised coverage.”
Being passionate about your life and work is also a vital ingredient in being successful, Calder said.
“I really love all the work I get to do. Besides my programmes, my specialised on-field coaching adds an edge as demonstrated with Els.
“I feel so blessed to have an ability to make a positive impact on people’s performances.
“It really motivates me to keep going and trying.”<< back
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