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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 roadside 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 annually to be part of what has become 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 three 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 thirty five 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. She will be missed." CMA Head of Heritage & Traditions Committee, Jeff Minnaar says, "I have known Joyce since 1986. What a lovely lady and a pleasure to work with and know. She was a kind, caring and wonderful person. R.I.P. Joyce. My memories of you will not be forgotten." CMA Medical Portfolio Convenor, Dr Jeremy Boulter says, "I first met Joyce in the early 80’s, and so began an association which spanned more than 30 years. We worked more closely together when I took over the Medical Portfolio 22 years ago. A more cheerful, organised, dedicated and committed person will be hard to find. Joyce was passionate about her involvement with the Comrades Marathon and thousands of runners have Joyce to thank for the professional and enthusiastic physiotherapy service provided by hundreds of students and qualified physios over the years. I am forever indebted to Joyce for the service she provided as part of the Medical portfolio. A very special friend of Comrades, Joyce will be sorely missed by the whole Comrades Community. My condolences to her family. RIP Joyce Morton, you were unique and special."

CMA International Hospitality Convenor, Grant Matkovich says, "Joyce had an immense passion for her profession. Her dedication to physiotherapy saw her become a stalwart in the profession. She had a dedicated private practice and played major roles in physiotherapy education and community projects. Her physiotherapy contribution to the Comrades community has been gigantic and she leaves a void that will be difficult to fill." Nick Bester of Nedbank Running Club has also sent his condolences to Joyce's family, saying: "She was a well-liked and hard working person who will be missed by all."