Sports4Life has been functioning for the past 21 years, mainly to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in learning sporting and key life skills in the areas of self-knowledge, strength based living and maximising their potential.

What we do?

Our results come from one on one input times and group training sessions at seminars and sports camps.

One of the founding members of the Soweto Canoe Club has been under the influence of Sports4Life since his Primary School days in Paarl. He is now an accomplished business and family man.

Another participant is the most medalled athlete in the history of Gauteng Schools Canoeing and has just been crowned as the Senior and under 18 Kl River Canoe Champion for Gauteng. He is currently the SA schools senior victor ludorum and the Canoe World Marathon Champs bronze medalist.

How we do it

The initial focal centre for Sports4life will be Wemmer Pan in Turffontein, Johannesburg, host to many Rowing Clubs and to Johannesburg Canoe Club.

It is also the only city dam in Africa with its own sprint lanes for rowing and Canoeing.

  1. We teach the “ Balanced Life Program”….an integration of the mental, physical , emotional ,relational and spiritual aspects of human wholeness and health.
  2. Leadership recognition and development is a key focus of ours.
  3. There is a carefully structured swimming development program, which is foundational to all involved in the program.
  4. Each person involved in our programs undergoes a comprehensive personality analysis and personal strengths profiling program to ensure that we can maximally support their ability to maximise their potential.
  5. We focus on canoeing ,sprinting and marathon ,as a key development sport, and include athletics/running ,swimming ,rowing and cycling as other key disciplines.
  6. Our hope is to have a fully equipped and functional “ High Performance Centre “ with a residential component , so that we can host students over weekends and on school and varsity holidays.

One of our young men walked up to me one day when he was 9 yrs old and said that he wanted to learn to canoe . He is now 18 and last year he was crowned the Senior Victor Ludorum of SA Schools canoeing at their National championships and was also the Junior (U18) bronze medallist at the World Canoe Marathon Championships.

As our financial partnership base increases we will embrace a full education Program ,with a special emphasis on the Arts and the Sciences.

A goal is to see every student empowered with a great sense of purpose.

Pete Rossouw

Pete grew up in Cape Town and his love for the outdoors, running … especially trail running and mountaineering was fostered on Table Mountain, which was for years his after school playground.

Through his involvement with Sea Scouts he developed a love for camping, sailing and canoeing.

Many fun years were enjoyed at the Milnerton Surf Lifesaving Club where Peter developed his love for surf ski paddling, surfing and the ocean.

Peter’s diagnostic pathology studies were completed at the UCT Medical Schools diagnostic pathology laboratories at Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory, in Cape Town. After which many years were spent practicing. He specialised in Medical Microbiology with majors in Haematology and chemical pathology. He then moved into pharmaceuticals with an International research based company, eventually being appointed as head of training for the company.

After completing his theological studies, he founded Kings College of Theology.

Peter pastored churches in Mossel Bay, Queenstown, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

As an avid runner Peter has run many standard marathons and ultra’s and as a canoeist loves the Fish River Canoe Marathon and the Dusi Canoe Marathon.

Peter has for the last 10 years hosted canoe marathon events at Wemmer Pan to help prepare the Gauteng paddlers for the Gauteng Marathon Championships and for the SA Canoe Marathon Champs.

He has served as Chairman of Johannesburg Canoe Club, and Chairman of Canoe Marathons for Gauteng as well as for Canoeing South Africa, and General Manager of the Dabulamanzi Canoe Club based at Emmarentia Dam.

Peter has coached locally and internationally for over 30 years, in Cape Town, Johannesburg and in Malaysia.

In Malaysia he worked with their National Kayak Association, following a directive from the head of their Olympic Association.

In the last 4 years alone, Peter has taught over 850 people the skills of canoeing.

Peter worked on the filmset of the awesome South African film, Beyond the River, for over six months and was one of three coaches that taught the actors to paddle/canoe and was also part of the canoeists liaison team.






Experienced Coaches




Peter Rossouw….Hard working , great guy that makes a sporting event a lot of fun.

Tony Phelp Treasurer Johannesburg Canoe Club

Sports for Life and Peter Rossouw. I call him uncle Peter because he’s like an uncle to me. I met uncle Peter when I was nine years old, it was my first time coming to the canoe club to try out paddling. From that first time I met him he was so good to me…

Alex Masina SA Schools Victor Ludorum and World Marathon U18/ Junior Bronze Medallist