As a responsible Coach, Team Manager, Medical or Support or a member of the SA weightlifting team.


I will:

  • Remember that young people participate in the sport of weightlifting for enjoyment and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Never ridicule, yell or swear at lifters for making a mistake or for not winning.
  • Be reasonable in my demands on lifters’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of weightlifting and teach my lifters to do the same.
  • Be organised and on time.
  • Do all I can to ensure all lifters receive equal attention and opportunities.
  • Ensure that the equipment, and training schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of the lifter.
  • Avoid over training and over competing the talented young lifter and understand that the average young lifter needs and deserves equal time and attention.
  • Strictly maintain a clear boundary between friendship and intimacy with a lifter, official or other person with whom I work.
  • Not use bad language nor will I harass young lifters, officials, spectators or any other individual.
  • Show concern and caution toward unwell and injured lifters and follow the advice of a doctor when determining whether an injured lifter is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Ensure that both equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all lifters.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport including opponents, referees, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. I will encourage my lifters to do the same.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young lifters.
  • Not arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink or supply alcohol whilst competitors under the age of 18 are participating.
  • Not allow the unlawful supply of alcohol at training, or club functions.
  • Avoid destructive behaviour and leave competition / training venues as I find them.
  • Never engage in any illegal or irresponsible behaviour.
  • Show patience with and respect diversity in others.
  • Promote adherence to SAWF anti-doping policies
  • Comply with best practice guidelines as laid down in SAWF Safeguarding Policy.
  • Social Media usage should always be respectful of the sport and others; ensuring to never defame the character of anyone else.


This code is in place to ensure the safety of both the individual and anyone they come in to contact with. If at any time you have any concerns regarding the safety of any individual you should contact your provincial Secretary or the Secretary General of the SA Weightlifting Federation, who will deal with the information accordingly.

All reports of inappropriate conduct will be taken very seriously and dealt with appropriately. Any breach of this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action and may include a temporary ban from club training and/or competitions. If there are persistent concerns or breaches it may result in a member being asked to leave the club and banned from SA Weightlifting permanently.


Failure to do so could result in my SAWF MEMBERSHIP being revoked.