Ann Lishman, Carla Potgieter, Rowan Berkowitz, Gavin Shnier, Grant Monaghan, Annake Pearce and Jacques Swanepoel put in a superb effort and are cord 270 delegates attended the SAOPA / ISPO Africa Congress at Sun City. Delegates had to plan their day, as there were often three parallel sessions.

The Expo was superb with so many top-class stands that delegates were spoilt for choice and judges struggled!

Special guest, ISPO International President, Prof Jan Geertzen, opened the sessions with an overview of ISPO activities around the globe, setting the tone for three days of great presentations and lectures. 17 international speakers were joined by some of SA's top O&P's and delegates were educated and updated on the latest world trends.

A Shebeen Function on Tuesday evening was sponsored by DJO Global and Jan Geertzen was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation beforeleaving early on Wednesday morning to attend the FATO Congress in Tanzania.

SAOPA Awards

At the Ossur Gala Dinner Cape Town comedian Nik Rabinowitz auctioned off the Nguni Cow, which saw Eluan Kuhn, of Orthopaedic Suppliers clinch the deal at R20,000 for donation to Children of Fire.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the 17 international speakers and SAOPA chairman Allan Oates presented the TUT Student Awards for 2009 - 2011 (HSB Schoeman Certificates) to: Chris Naidoo (MostImproved), Louise Dicker (Most Involved) and Marthinette Engelbrecht picked up three awards for Best Practical, Best Academic and Best Overall Student.

TUT's Courtney Snyman and Mariette Schmidt adjudicated the theses of Janique Lewis, Boitumelo Mashigo, Rupert Nagel, Jacques Terry and Riaan vd Westhiuzen for the TUT Award for the top B.Tech student (sponsored by Ossur). Ossur SA MD, Le Roux Viljoen, was delighted to present to the award to Janique Lewis.

The Best Stand Expo Award was hotly contested. Prosthetic Solutions placed 5th, DJO Global 4th, JOS America &Knight Medical and Otto Bock tied for 2nd with Ossur 1st.

The Jack Ball Lifetime Achievement Award was first presentedin 1985 to Jack Ball. He dedicated his life to assisting patients. This yearthe award was presented to Ernest Porter who retired from the SAOPA Executive Committee after 32 terms of office.

At the ISPO SA AGM therewere no elections as the committee serves a three-year term of office. Chairman Mike Barkley updated members on the progress of the ISPO World Bid for 2015 and delegates finalized the ISPO SA logo.

Rowan Berkowitz was elected to fill the gap left by the retirement of Ernest Porter at the SAOPAAGM.

At the Exco meeting Allan Oates was re-elected Chairman and Silas Gidzha Vice Chairman.