Officials on course !
ACCIDENTALLY THREE !
We did not intend (and nor did the IAAF RDC in Brisbane) that THREE of the officials of KAA should be in Brisbane AT THE SAME TIME today. The FIRST-EVER Level 1 (Youth Coach) Lecturers' Course in Oceania ran from Nov. 23 - 28. The FIRST-EVER Level 2 Course ANYWHERE starts today and runs until Dec. 15th. Our President (and A.D.O.), Tierata Taukaban, has been invited to attend both courses as part of the ADO training. Our Treasurer, Rianimarewe Betero, was invited from our two nominees to attend the Lecturers' Course. He was due back here on Friday, but unfortunately missed the flight out of Brisbane ! So he is there until he can be put on a later flight, maybe Tuesday, maybe Thursday ! Tierata of course stayed in Brisbane at the end of the first course.
Our Vice-President, Eneree Tataio, left here on the Friday flight, to join Tierata for the second course. So now we have three there !
The great advantage of having indigenous Lecturers is that they are qualified to run and certify in-country Courses. This saves a large amount of money in achieving the desired effect of having a number of local coaches step onto the first official rung of the IAAF CECS system ladder.
We have suggested to the RDC that they pursue the possibility of having equivalence granted to the Oceania O.B.A.S. (Basic Athletics) scheme. This would mean that OBAS would be accepted internationally as the equivalent of Level 1. It would also mean that any coach successfully completing an OBAS Course would be able to apply for a CECS Level 2 Course without having to take Level 1 first.
Of course there are risks in this, because some OBAS Lecturers may be stricter than others, or simply better than others or more thorough. However, it would allow the base of the coaching "pyramid" to be that much broader directly.