Sitting in her makeshift office on another hot, humid day, with the air conditioner cooling down things, Danisha Mendes looks right at home. Not that she calls the Trinidad capital of Port Of Spain home, but as she goes about her business she may as well be back at Olympic House in Johannesburg. That’s how comfortable she looks.

Mendes is Team SA’s newest chef de mission. For those who are unaware of the term, it’s basically the delegation leader of the squad delivered to a multi-code event by SASCOC, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

Her day job is actually that in the finance department at SASCOC where she is the Olympic Finance and Solidarity Officer. “I deal with Olympic solidarity, I act on behalf of SASCOC when it comes to Olympic applications and funding. Not just for SASCOC, but the whole entourage. This extends to...

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