Athletics South Africa added to its elite list of national coaches when two dozen candidates graduated at the end of a vigorous two-day 2018 ASA National Level 3 Coaches Symposium at the University of Free State in Mangaung on Saturday which marked Day 2 and final day.
Twenty four coaches, including some of 10 retiring and recently retired athletes, were awarded their Level 3 coaching licences and certificates.
Three Western Province Athletics coaches qualified as national coaches as well as excellence advisors with a 100% pass rate. Waleed Donough achieved a Distinction, while Emile Van Wyk and Nathan Van Wyk met the required pass mark.
“As a former athlete it’s so important that as a coach acquire new ideas and new technologies to get the athletes to the next level of the World Champs, Commonwealth Games, Olympics, etc,” said Shaun Bownes, the former 110m Hurdles African record holder (13.26 seconds 2001-2012). He set the current African record in 60 metres H in 2001 (7.52 secs).
“This symposium is crucial to my coaching at school level and rural areas where I’m helping young and upcoming talent. I never knew how much stress goes into coaching and you suddenly realise as a coach that you hold a whole career of an athlete in your hands.”
Hendrick Ramaala, a silver medallist at the 1998 and 1999 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, said he was very much impressed with the level and quality of the symposium and commended the ASA Coaches Committee for it.
“Coaching is a thankless job and I’m impressed that despite all those challenges the coaches are still hanging on. This course is therefore helpful to a person like me who is a fairly new coach of two years, as it has allowed me to network and learn from other coaches who have more knowledge and skill.
“As coaches it important to also get guidance through these ASA symposiums because our challenges include finding a way to attract and keep youngsters at and to the sport as we are competing for the same pool of youth with other sporting codes.”
Aleck Skhosana, the President of ASA, congratulated all participants. “Some have passed and got their ASA Level 3 badges, while others will have to work a bit harder for their chance of success again next year,” he said.
“But what all the coaches take out of the two days is inspiration and renewed vigour after a thorough symposium that also allowed them to network. From next year, we are going to be even stricter to ensure that successful coaches are forced to also attend the symposium.
“For us to grow as a nation in the area of coaching, we need to share information and widen the pool of coaches. We will now look at making it a condition when granting renewal of licences.
“It is also good to see that some of the graduate coaches come from field events where we have lost a lot of ground where we used to win medals. If we have to challenge the top spot in the world, we need to increase participation and regain dominance in this area as well.”
The symposium attracted 97 participants, among which 35 presented their thesis for Level 3 and 24 passed.
Issued By ASA