Athletics South Africa concluded a successful Coaches Symposium after an intensive two days of presentations, lectures and demonstrations at the University of Free State in Mangaung.
IAAF’s Ralph Mouchbahani opened the Day 2 programme with an exciting practical demonstration of skills development followed by the four breakaway group sessions of Day 1 (sprints & hurdles, middle & long distance, throws and jumps).
Me Maryna van Niekerk gave an interesting psychological lecture on the effect of mental skills training programme on the anxiety on the athlete. Professor Derik Coetzee was on hand to deliver a hilarious, but motivating presentation on the benefits and limitations of block periodised training approaches to athletes.
Paralympian athlete Louzanne Coetzee, who is visually impaired, gave an insightfull lecture on the relationship between disabled athletes and coaches.
At the end of it all, Day 2 was capped with the awarding of ASA Level 3 certificates to a selected number of successfull coaches who impressed ASA assessors with their individual thesis which they presented.
Participants included elite, fringe development and grassroots development coaches. Neighbouring Lesotho had 15 participants over the two days in an invitation that was extended to sister countries to take advantage of.
“This was a very successfull symposium, which was well organised and well presented,” said ASA President, Aleck Skhosana. “We thank the coaches for their dedication and thorough engagements throughout the two long days.
“Well done to all who got their certificates. And to those who didn’t get them this time, they get another chance next year to impress assessors. On behalf of the ASA board, I thank Free State Athletics and the University for putting together a wonderful symposium. I also thank every other contributor from the Athletics family.”
Issued By: ASA