The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the passing of Joyce Morton this past weekend.
Joyce initiated and was part of the Comrades Physiotherapy portfolio since 1982 when a number of stations were set up on the side of the road along the Comrades route. She became the Chief Physiotherapy Coordinator for the Comrades Marathon in 2008.
Together with the other physiotherapists, Joyce was a member of the South African Society of Physiotherapy. She also spearheaded the making of their own ice cups in order to give Comrades runners ice massage.
Thanks to Joyce, the physiotherapy services of the Comrades Marathon became part of the overall medical services offered to Comrades runners. Joyce was still driving the physio portfolio in 2005, when Bonitas Medical Fund came on board as sponsors for the Physiotherapy Stand at the Comrades Expo while Netcare sponsored the physiotherapy services on race day.
Joyce also took on the task of coordinating the final year students from seven South African universities who come to Durban to be part of what was termed “The Comrades Week”. Statistics have shown that 1 out of every 4 runners stops at a physiotherapy station with an estimated 20-thousand massages being given on race day.
CMA Chairperson, Sifiso Nzuza says, “It is sad to hear about Joyce passing on. She has contributed immensely to the CMA with her dedication, time and enthusiasm. Her service to the Comrades Marathon spanned more than two decades. Runners will remember her for a long time to come. May her soul rest in peace.”
Nzuza adds, “On behalf of the CMA Board, Staff, Race Organising Committee and the entire membership, we extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. We wish you strength during this difficult time.”
CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher says, “Someone so special can never be forgotten. We are forever indebted for your contribution to Comrades over the last twenty years. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.”
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, “The meticulous manner in which Joyce coordinated the physio portfolio is testament to the smooth functioning thereof as experienced at the Expo, along the route and at the finish. Sjhe will be missed.”
CMA Finish Procedure Convenor, Gawie Falconer says, “I personally never met Joyce but have long been aware of her commitment to Comrades. My condolences to her family.”
A private wake will be held for close friends and family in Durban next week.