REPORT OF PARTICIPATION OF OFF-ISLAND TRAINING,
CONFERENCE OR MEETING
NAME(s): Debra A. Toribiong
TITLE(s) AND CONTACT INFORMATION: Women’s National Canoe Coach, Canoe Association of Palau.
NAME AND LOCATION OF TRAINING, CONFERENCE OR MEETING ATTENDED:
Olympic Canoe/Kayak training---Guam
DATE(s) OF ATTENDANCE: July 6-July12, 2009
SPONSOR(s)/HOST(s) : Palau National Olympic Committee, Canoe Association of Palau
FUNDING AGENCY (if different from above): PNOC
SUMMERIZE MAIN PURPOSE OF MEETING:
The meeting provided Palau with an opportunity to learn more about the sport of Olympic Canoe/Kayak.
IDENTIFY THE PARTICULAR INITIATIVE(s) OR INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATION, IF ANY, TO WHICH THIS TRAINING EVENT RELATED
I will attempt to convey my thoughts on what I believe to be the pros and cons of developing Olympic Canoe/Kayak for Palau.
Currently in Palau there is a growing interest in outrigger canoeing especially among our youth, which could be witnessed during the recent Belau Games, with well over 100 youth represented on the competing teams. The challenge to successfully develop team sports depends largely on the commitment of individuals to help organize and manage the resources of the sport and in this case the sport of canoeing. For the past 10+ years the Canoe Association of Palau, “CAP”, has invested time, people and money in growing the sport of Outrigger Canoeing. The efforts of CAP have resulted in continued participation in outrigger canoe activities as well as organized local and international competitions. The sport of canoeing provides a healthy activity that suits any age or gender and is not typically affected by weather(barring a storm of course). Youth paddlers tend to be drawn to paddling for its laid-back feel before and after getting in the canoes but also for the competitive rush while training and racing. Canoeing is beginning to become popular within the youth culture of sports, and it is a good time to focus on structuring a youth paddling season. Olympic Canoe/Kayak may be a good option for doing outreach to areas which have no access to an outrigger canoe but may have access to an area of water which is compatible for training with the Olympic Canoe/kayak.
As with most places there are many outside responsibilities which compete for the time of those individuals who can commit to organizing and managing the development of outrigger canoeing. If CAP is going to successfully develop a youth paddling season, it will take commitment of people to schedule practices as well as train the youth. Outrigger Canoeing has many qualified individuals to train youth in the sport of outrigger but not in Olympic Canoe/Kayak.
My observation in Guam led me to conclude the following regarding Olympic Canoe/Kayak development for the Canoe Association of Palau,
- must have access to areas where there is flat or calm water for training and racing
- develop/train a foundation of coaches who will then be able to support the effort
- training would have to take place in Palau
- Once we have the coaches then we should train enough youth that the sport provides adequate competition within Palau
- Could promote the sport by developing a local tri-athalon type of event and include Canoe/Kayak, Archery, and Swimming (all Olympic sports)
PERSON OR PERSONS TO CONTACT REGARDING THIS MATTER, INCLUDING TITLE, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL:
Women’s National Canoe Coach, Republic of Palau
Koror, Palau 96940
P.O. Box 1926
Last Modified on 10/09/2009 18:43