In an effort to enhance it chances of attaining its gold of #10orMoreGold2014, the T&T Olympic Committee will commence and 18-month Long-Term Athlete Development LTAD) programme from Thurday.
The feature speaker for Thursday's opening day at Guardian Group Head Office, Guardian Drive, Westmoorings, will be Richard Way, one of the architect of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Framework.
The second and final day of Way's visit will conclude with another lecture to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road, on Friday. Both days the lectures will start at 9 am.
Way has facilitated the use of LTAD for 30-plus sports in more than 50 countries, and recently co-authored the book, Long-Term Athlete Development, with Istvan Balyi and Colin Higgs
With much emphasis being placed on its mission of attain ten or more gold medals or the creation of ten champions by 2024, T&TOC Secretary General, Annette Knott, speaking at a media conference held at T&TOC's Abercromby Street Head Office, last month said it's was a tremendous responsibility because it's the T&TOC vision and its leaders vision and it's not just going to happen just like that.
She added: "So the LTAD programme that we are part of it's a CANOC programme which is the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees. There are six countries involved and this pilot project is over the next 18 months. What will happen is that we will have our first visit from the experts on February 25 and 26 during which time on the first day we will have all the stake holders, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Education because a very important LTAD programme is physical literacy which speaks to our primary schools and physical education
"The second day will then be tailored to the coaches and national sporting organisations because while we understand physical literacy and the fact is that we would love to ensure long term athlete development is within all areas of sport in T&T, we have a mission of ten golds 2024 and therefore we have to focus and target certain national sporting organisations so that we can also reach our goal.
"With this there are certain aspects of the long term athlete development programme where they learn to train, train to train and train to compete, and those are the three stages that we will be very interested in.
"We are talking about athletes between the ages of 9-16 and of course when we talk 16 years we are talking of 2020 and nine-year-olds we are talking 2024, so we have to be very precise and focus on what we are doing.
The experts will come five times over the period of the 18 months, so in other words they will come speak to the coaches and administrators and go back while we do our home-work in between and then they come back again and over that period we will be able to monitor and evaluate the programme and to see how best it is to operate.
This programme has work successful in Canada and most of the national organisations in Canada have a long term athlete development programme.