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.
are: Andrew Iroa, Alex Beddoes, Tikove Piira, Boaz Raela, Michael Tolosa and
coordinator Ruth Mave, who is a qualified World Athletics L2 lecturer said
CECS1 stands for Coaches Education and Certification System Level 1.
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.
course is a mix of theory covering subjects including anatomy, biology,
biomechanics, growth development and the technical aspects of each event.
assessment is for coaches to demonstrate teaching beginners and above anything
from sprints to steeplechase or pole vault.
class consisted of six people including Michael Tolosa and Boaz Raela who had
been coaching the youth development squad in sprints and middle distance
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.
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.
courses are planned for 2021.
further information contact Ruth Mave via email at firstname.lastname@example.org