Raedene Lucas is a Sports Science graduate from the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently pursuing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sport for Development and Peace with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Science and Development covering various aspects of developing communities using sport, and making use of Olympic and Universal Values to facilitate Community Health and Wellness, for all across the lifespan. Raedene is a Former High-Performance Provincial Gymnast, for the Western Cape Province in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and competed at National level for 10 years. Academically, Raedene’s interests are within Exercise Physiology, Anatomy and Psychology, specifically within the sub-discipline of Sports Psychology, with intentions to do an Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Cape Town. Raedene is a Teaching Assistant for 2nd and 3rd year Sports Science students in both BA and BSc streams at UWC, assisting in the learning processes involved in Human Movement Sciences. Raedene currently specializes in Sports Massage for injury prevention and recovery. She is a Level 2 Certified Sports Massage Therapist (ETA), with the hopes of opening up her own recovery initiative, promoting the importance of muscular recovery in sport. For the Foundation, Raedene is a Youth Leader, assisting in executing the tasks involved with the annual Youth Peace Heritage Games. She facilitates youth groups and aids in the personal and social development of youth individuals. She is a confident leader, helping at-risk youth to realize their full potential, through leading by example. Raedene believes in the power of sport and encourages youth to invest in themselves and their communities, using sport, to teach essential skills necessary for overall well-being.
Raedene’s message to South Africa’s youth: “Be kind to one another, help each other, lead one another, and learn from each other. Be the person that you would want to follow and respect. Leave a legacy that you can be proud of, inspiring your peers to do the same.”