Coaching & Officiating Courses

Athletics PNG is to stage coaching and officiating courses in Kokopo prior to and following the PNG Games in November.   The announcement follows the receipt of updated materials from Oceania Athletic Association for both the Oceania Technical Officials Scheme (OTOS) and the Oceania Basic Athletics Scheme (OBAS). President Tony Green said that the OTOS course would first be delivered to those local officials from East New Britain who will be officiating at the Games.

The OTOS course is flexible, and designed to be delivered in modules, so that those officiating in a specific area such as Jumps can be given an in depth training in the events which are of interest to them, rather than trying to cover a lot of other material which in practise they may never use.The course covers a number of general rules of the sport as well as those applicable to each module. “Athletic officials from outside ENB who attend the Games will also have an opportunity to attend the OTOS course during the PNG Games and an announcement will be made soon regarding the date”, added Green.

Similarly Athletics PNG plans to stage an OBAS coaching course immediately following the Games. OBAS is a basic athletics course designed for those working at the grassroots level who have demonstrated an interest in the sport but have yet to gain any formal certification. The course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the conduct of basic athletics programmes in isolated and resource limited communities.

“We have a lot of people around the country who need to do this course, which is long overdue, said Green. Priority will be given to those who have been promoting athletics at the local level and bringing teams to national championships and other events.We will also   offer the course to a number of current and former athletes”.

Anyone interested in attending either course must submit their application via mail to the Secretary ,Athletics PNG P O Box 2199 Kokopo or by email to   Alternatively they may call Subul Babo on 71066060 for further information.


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