National athletics coach excels in international training course

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St. John’s Antigua- Former national gold medal sprinter and co-ordinator of schools’ athletics Heather Samuel, who sits on the executive of the athletics association, has just returned to the country after successfully completing the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme (ICECP) through funding provided by the National Olympic Committee.

Samuel, who presented her final research paper to a panel of experts in Switzerland, was applauded for her submission.

She graduated with honours from the year-long programme which included lectures, projects, guest speakers, participant presentations, group work, field trips, and project planning and implementation.

The delivery of content included both face-to-face and distance training in different countries.

President of the athletics association, Dr Rodney Williams, applauded Samuel on her performance and extended heartiest congratulations to her on behalf of the entire executive and members of the national governing body for athletics.

According to Dr Williams, Samuel’s performance was outstanding and even more so because she placed in the top 10 of 32 international coaches enrolled in the programme.

He said that she has given the athletics fraternity a great reason to celebrate particularly at a time when there is a dire need for female coaches to assist in increasing the level of participation of girls in the sport.

Williams encouraged Samuel to continue to make a significant difference in the sport on the national level, not only through the training of athletes, but also coaches.