The National Development Sporting Structures course is funded by the International Olympic Committee and will begin on Monday afternoon.
The first intake of the course is specifically dedicated to coaches from the northern group while they are here in Rarotonga as part of Te Maeva Nui celebrations.
Coaches from Pukapuka, Penrhyn, Manihiki, Rakahanga and Palmerston all have the opportunity to also send coaches to an Australian sailing instructors’ course and the learners’ ‘Tackers’ course over the next week.
Lima Ben from Pukapuka, Alex Maretapu from Penrhyn, and Cathy Williams from Manihiki will lead their respective groups, and Sailing Cook Islands are looking forward to a user-friendly step forward in upskilling future coaches.
With Helema Williams, who represented the Cook Islands at the London 2012 Olympic Games and multiple Pacific Games, hailing from the northern group, Sailing Cook Islands believes there is further potential for future representatives from the outer islands.
The second phase will see the same course rolled out for the Aitutaki and Rarotonga Sailing Clubs in October/November, with the third phase including a detailed overall structure of sailing in the Cook Islands.
With only three spaces left, those who wish to find out more information or take part in the course are asked to contact Anne Tierney on 54605 or Rory Quirke on 54147.