Lawrence Ndlovu, Rower, South Africa
For South African rower Lawrence Ndlovu, whose early interest in sports and rowing was encouraged by his school head, attended an IOC ACP workshop held by Adecco and SASOC in Johannesburg in May 2011. It was an experience that helped get his career development heading in the right direction: "The session we had about how to develop a career path ready to take on after retirement from elite competition, was a real eye-opener. I have never really thought or planned my future beyond rowing. It gave me a new focus and a new outlook on life. The workshop exercises also provided me with insights to key skills such as networking and interview technique." Lawrence (born September 1980) has big Olympic aspirations. He already has an impressive list of sporting achievements, including a top ten finish in the lightweight single scull category of the 2009 World Championships in Poland. Studying for a degree in Sports Science whilst also committing to an intense training regime is helping Lawrence with his time management skills, so that he can "balance the energy level and focus on both priorities." Some part-time work as a sports coach and the University degree are also helping Lawrence equip himself for a career in sport beyond competition: "I see my long-term career being involved in sport, perhaps as a coach. I can then help upcoming and talented young sports addicts build their career. I feel my current studies and the IOC ACP are helping me grow and keep me on course for a fulfilling working life after competitive sport."