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Sixteen athletic enthusiasts from the British Virgin Islands are currently undergoing training to be certified as International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Level One Coaches.
The course, facilitated by the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA), was launched early this week, December 12, and will run through to December 22.
Making brief remarks on the course, President of the BVIAA, Steve Augustine marked the opportunity as the beginning of the advancement of athletics in the BVI, as more competent coaches would be available.
“The BVI Athletics Association, in line with the coaching principles of the IAAF, recognizes that if we are to further progress on the world stage in athletics, we must be strategic in our athlete development approach.”
The course will highlight the importance of an active and dynamic warm up and cool down, healthy diet through nutrition and hydration, rest, relaxation and sleep, among other topics.
“These are all key learning components that are expected from all participants to grasp and understand upon the completion of the course,” said President Augustine.
Acting Director of the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports (DYAS), Mrs. Brenda Lettsome-Tye also made comments on the opportunity, noting that the Ministry is pleased to support and endorse the course, as they are committed to the development of sports in the Territory.
“The Ministry and DYAS are very pleased to support this effort. Learn as much as you can, learn the techniques and learn the skills so that in turn you can impart that to your athletes and in turn develop the standards of the level of BVI athletics in the Territory.”
In similar sentiments, Manager of Digicel, who is a sponsor of the course, Kevin Gordon encouraged the participants to learn as much as they can for the betterment of the sports industry of the Territory.
“Learn as much as you can learn from these 12 days of coaching; you can only get better and Digicel would be happy to support you in any way that we possibly can going forward.”