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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Boxing coaches get certified by TTABA
The T&T Amateur Boxing Association (TTABA) handed out 1-Star AIBA certificates to 29 coaches on Sunday, four months after a certification program was hosted by International facilitators.
President of the TTABA, Cecil Forde explained that after the eight-day intense course in April, the local coaches had both written and practical exams, and the results were then sent to the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) for ratification. After all procedures, the certificates were then posted to the TTABA for distribution.
The course was facilitated by AIBA’s 3-Star coaches Christy Halbert and Tom Coulture. Both coaches are USA national coaches and have participated in several world and international tournaments. Trinidad had the privilege and honor of hosting the first 1-Star Coaching certification program in the region.
The Sport Company of T&T was instrumental in ensuring the course took place as they defrayed the cost for local coaches. Speaking at the ceremony, Rickson Powder, sport officer at SPORTT, congratulated all coaches and expressed pleasure in being able to assist in such a capacity.
“It is not only about developing our athletes, but also the people who are in charge of the athletes. It is imperative that our coaches are given the opportunity to continuously learn, upgrade and improve.”
Also present was Boxu Potts who had a few words of advice for the coaches.
“Although coaching is very much a thankless job and at most times, even payless, please let it also be selfless. Coaches are regarded as parents and care takers. Impart your knowledge openly and selflessly with a good heart. Work with your colleagues to ensure that the boxers attain the highest level of success.”
Potts encouraged coaches to support each other rather than impede progress. He implored the pool of coaches to support those who are selected as national coaches.
“Instead of fighting down each other and fighting for the position, please help each other. At the end of the day, the boxers are of prime importance and we need to do everything possible to do what is best for them.”
In his address, Forde thanked the Ministry of Sport and the Sportt. “If it was not for Sport Company, we would not have been handing out 29 certificates today.
It was understood that coaches would have to pay to take the course and many of them were unable to do this. Sportt stepped in and footed the bill, ensuring that all interested coaches were able to access the course. This is a great step forward for boxing and I look forward to progress in the sport.”
The full list of recipients were: Ria Ramnarine, Bharrath Ramoutar, Floyd Trumpet, Vicki Boodram, Carl Christie, Raynold Prince, Glen Patrick, Shama Stroude, Shalini Rampersad, Kim Quashie, Gideon Prince, Tiana Sosa-Saney, Warren Skeete, Joel Roach, Willibrord Williams, Anthony Waterman, Ralph Peterkin, Glenroy Anderson, Simeon Connell, Timoty Dally, Fitz Hebert Dash, Rawlson Dopwell, Adam France, Wendell Jokhu, Felix Jones, Patterson Matthews, Timaldass Boodram, Dmitri Stroude and Richard Boodram.
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