The St Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) continues to prove its commitment and dedication to the development of athletes, coaches and sports administrators in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.
The St Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA) and the St Kitts Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) are the recent beneficiaries of such technical and development support.
In August 2012, twenty five (25) SKABA coaches successfully participated in an Olympic Solidarity Level 1 Basketball Coaching Course. Earlier that same month another twenty five (25) SKNFA Coaches successfully participated in a Youth Level Football Coaching Courses. The SKNFA is also presently benefiting from an Advanced Football Coaching Course that is being facilitated by Mr Rodrigo Johnson from Costa Rica. The course is being held over the period October 19th to 28th, 2012.
Coming on the heels of the Basketball Coaching Course, Basketball Coach and Referee, Mr Elvis Williams, travelled to Budapest Hungary on September 19th, 2012 to participate in a 3 months coaching course offered by the Semmelweis University, Institute of Coaching and Sport Education in Budapest, Hungary. The cost of his participation in the course is about U.S $9,000.00. Mr Williams is the 15th coach in the Federation that has benefitted from this kind of scholarship.
The SKNOC also facilitated and sponsored the participation of Dr. Regional O’Loughlin, Senior Doping Officer of the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), in a Caribbean Sports Medicine Conference organised by the Jamaica Association of Sports Medicine over the period September 8th and 9th, 2012.
Amongst the pivotal topics covered at the conference were:
• The diet of an athlete.
• Detection of life-threatening conditions.
• Detection of conditions that can influence to injuries.
• Detection of conditions that can limit performance
• Treatment of athletes, etc.
In related SKNOC news, Ms Tehanai Baley, Chairwoman of the SKNOC’s Women in Sports Commission, will travel to Mexico over the period October 25th to 30th to participate in a 3 days seminar in leadership for NOCs of the Americas.
The NOC wishes the coaches and individuals all the best as they continue to reap the benefits from active involvement in sports.