Olympic Standards Set To Raise As Trinidad and Tobago Host First ITU Coaching Course
The course is part of the ITU and BG Group’s 2007 Sport Development Programme. Trinidad and Tobago was selected as one of the priority countries targeted for Coach Education Support and will see some of the world’s most qualified triathlon experts travel to the Port of Spain to oversee a clinic for a group of regional coaches.
“We at ITU are very excited to be able to offer these programmes to emerging triathlon nations as part of our sport development goals, “said ITU Sport Development Director, Libby Burrell. “The goal of this programme is to provide developing triathlon federations with the building blocks to grow the sport within their region.”
The eight-day coaching course will be headed up by Alan Ley, the former Coach Education Manager for the US Triathlon Federation and now ITU Sport Development Manager, with support from Olympic coach, Gale Bernhardt, and Tracey Shelley. They will be covering the fundamental principles of triathlon coaching and skills progression for the novice and intermediate level triathletes.
“Since we became the ITU’s global partner last June we have been working closely with our local triathlon organisation to improve opportunities available through the Trinidad and Tobago Triathlon Federation,” commented Aleem Hosein, Head of Government and Public Affairs, BG Group Trinidad and Tobago. “We are delighted that the first ITU Level 1 Coaching Course will be going ahead in March and we hope that this will ultimately help increase triathlon standards and help build future champions who can go on to represent our country at the Olympic Games.”
The ITU is encouraging coaches interested in the course to register with their national federation.