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Six new coaches for Athletics Cook Islands

Monday 21 December 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Other Sports, Sports

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Six new coaches for Athletics Cook Islands
Alex Beddoes receiving the Oceania Athletics Association Emerging Male Talent award last year, alongside members of the athletics community at Tereora Stadium. 19043025

Athletics Cook Islands has added six new coaches to their pool of World Athletics Certified coaches.

They are: Andrew Iroa, Alex Beddoes, Tikove Piira, Boaz Raela, Michael Tolosa and Rambo Chagomoka.

Course coordinator Ruth Mave, who is a qualified World Athletics L2 lecturer said CECS1 stands for Coaches Education and Certification System Level 1.

It is the entry level for those wanting to qualify as a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) coach and predominantly covers coaching from pre-school children with Kids Athletics programmes, up to under 16-year-old athletes.

The course is a mix of theory covering subjects including anatomy, biology, biomechanics, growth development and the technical aspects of each event.

Practical assessment is for coaches to demonstrate teaching beginners and above anything from sprints to steeplechase or pole vault.

The class consisted of six people including Michael Tolosa and Boaz Raela who had been coaching the youth development squad in sprints and middle distance respectively.

Alex Beddoes, Cook Islands International 800m and 1500m gold medallist and Tikove Piira, 100m and 200m runner, who competed at the World Championships in Doha 2019 also took part. Both have been working as Athletics Development officers in schools since July 2020.

Andrew Iroa a native Fijian, long term resident and Tupapa rugby coach and Ramage (Rambo) Chagomoka originally from Zimbabwe, a former sprinter, presently the chef at Nautilus resort also became certified coaches. Athletics Cook Islands welcomes the addition of more coaches with different backgrounds and experiences to encourage the development of the sport. There are now 12 World Athletics qualified coaches in the last two years.

More courses are planned for 2021.

For further information contact Ruth Mave via email at secretaryaci19@gmail.com