By Merryn Sherwood on 20/03/12 at 11:34 pm
Triathlon development in Fiji moved another step forward this month, as a total of 29 participants took part in an ITU Level 1 Club Coaches Course in Suva from March 15 to 18.
The participants came from a total of 16 different organisations, who have all been involved in the development of triathlon in Fiji over recent years. The ITU Course facilitator Peter Clifford, from Triathlon Australia, and Brett Reid, from Triathlon New Zealand, said that they were impressed with the turnout, one of the largest groups that they had ever facilitated at a single seminar.
The theory section of the course was held at the FASANOC conference room at Olympic House, while the practical sessions for the swim, bike and run were conducted at the Fiji Sports Council facilities at Laucala Bay.
Across the four days, all participants covered sections on history, physiology, swim theory and swim practical, communication, nutrition, bike theory and bike practical, ethics session planning, run theory and run practical, psychology, long term development and an exam to assess knowledge.
Participants included, Andrew Pene, Calvin Yee, Josephine Piukala, John Fox, Fred Fatiaki, Akanisi Erasito Lily, Petero Manoa, Adriu Rokowailoa, Nau Dakuliga, Caleb Koroi, Soko Salaniqiqi, Grace Valentine, Isikeli Kalouniviti, Ilaitia Turagacava, Benedito Koroi, Babara Fatiaki, Iliesa Bavai, Pita Marau, Anare Fifita, Peni Rokoqica, Kalisi Nakaraua, Meli Cama, Ledua Yaco, Tuigalala Tuivuya, Fesaitu Mario, Epeli Tagivetaua, Selestino Penisoni, Robert Patterson, Mark Howard and Asenaca Seduadua.
ITU Development Director Libby Burrell praised the work of both facilitators for helping further strengthen ITU’s worldwide development, and OTU co-ordinator Terry Sheldrake for his work in preparing and organising this coaches course.
The course was just the start of coach development for Oceania in 2012, with ITU Level 1 Club Coaches course also set for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, while a Technical Officials course will to be held in Tahiti.
To view the 2012 ITU Development and Technical Education course calendar, please click here
The ITU coach development pathway consists of four levels, please click here for more information.