Men's basketball coaches receive clinic certificates

Ten Majuro men's basketball coaches on November 17, 2012 received their Certificates of Completion for participating in a Level One basketball coaching training in Majuro. The daily four-hour coaching clinic training sessions involved the coaches in intensive classroom study sessions and on-court practical experience with local high school players.

The training was organized by the Marshall Islands Basketball Federation in partnership with the College of the Marshall Islands, where the clinics are being held, and the Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and FIBA Oceania.

Coach Paul Goriss of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra is conducting the training.

Because of the strong level of interest, male clinic participants were broken into two groups: Men’s Group A, which wrapped up November 17, and Men’s Group B, which runs from November 19-21, 2012.

Receiving their Certificates of Completion from MIBF Vice President for Women’s Development Neiar Kabua, NOC President Kenneth Kramer, and Australian Institute of Sport Coach Paul Goriss were: Daniel Price from Majuro Cooperative School,  Rickiano Antibas and Ryan Tarkwon of the Ministry of Education’s School Enrichment Program (SEP), Randon Kaneko of Marshall Islands High School, Herman Shoniber, Jr. and Vladimir Gulfan of Majuro Middle School, and coaches/players Isaac Marty and Ricky Alik. SEP official Edison Mathusla and Katol Levai, Jr. of Assumption Elementary School were not able to be presented at the ceremony but were also awarded Certificates of Completed.

Speaking for the coaches, Daniel Price said the training run by Coach Paul had provided the coaches with numerous ideas and changed the way he would approach coaching his team for the upcoming high school league.

NOC President Kenneth Kramer congratulated MIBF “for being one of the most active sports federations in the Marshall Islands.” He told federation officials and the coaches that it is activities such as the ongoing basketball clinic that “makes us all look good” and makes a big contribution to improving sporting opportunities for people in the Marshall Islands.

The presentation of certificates was done at Marshall Islands Resort during a dinner in honor of Coach Paul Goriss. 

After the presentation of certificates, the group serenaded Coach Paul with a song and presented him with gifts, including a small outrigger canoe model to encourage him to visit Majuro again.

Photo: SEP sports staff member and coach Ryan Tarkwon presents a handicraft to Coach Paul.

See related photo gallery from the certificate presentation and program of recognition.


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