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Proteas wish Walter well

2013-05-21 18:07
Rob Walter (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - The Proteas' management have wished fitness and conditioning coach Rob Walter well after he was appointed head coach of the Titans on Tuesday.

Walter has been part of the Proteas' setup since 2009, when he took over from Grant Compton, and is scheduled to take over at the Pretoria outfit on July 1.

Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, led the praise.

"We have always set out to create an environment that gives our management the best platform to grow and develop," he said.

"And it's encouraging to see how far Rob has come over the years. He has led from the front, taking the initiative to excel in his portfolio and to give the team environment the best possible resources.

"He is deeply respected by the players and his peers and I hope the opportunity he has been given to follow his life-long ambition is a success."

Incumbent Proteas head coach Gary Kirsten believes Walter's passion and knowledge of the game will be an invaluable asset for the Titans.

"I started working with Rob in 2011 and his aspirations of becoming a head coach were always widely known," Kirsten said.

"He understands the environment that is needed to create leaders and to grow a winning culture, and his skills are of high quality after serving a dual purpose for us as our fielding and fitness coach.

"I don't think his lack of experience as a head coach will matter because he has fantastic man-management skills, which forms an important base when coaching at the top level."

Walter thanked the Proteas for his time with the national outfit.

"It's a great honour for me, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead," Walter said.

"But in the same breath, it is sad to leave the Proteas family because it is a deeply rewarding and enriching set-up to be part of. I have made many close friendships and learnt so much from them. I will always be indebted to them.

"The performances of the team stand alone, but the learning for me has been in the processes and ethics that the team lives by daily."

Walter would take over from Matthew Maynard, who held the post for the past two seasons, but opted not to renew his contract with the Titans for personal reasons.

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