By Sahr Morris Jnr.
A total of 36 coaches on Monday completed a seven-day Level II coaching course organized by the Sierra Leone Swimming, Diving and Water Polling Association.
The week-long course, which was climaxed with the presentation of certificates at the National Stadium Presidential Lounge, was part of the association’s calendar of activities.
Secretary General of the association, Mohamed Turay, applauded the coaches for their outstanding performance throughout the course, noting that they are happy to build the capacity of local coaches.
He said: “Capacity building is very important at this stage for our coaches because having good coaches will help produce quality swimmers.”
Training expert Gerd Noteccmani said he was delighted by the turn-out of coaches, adding that their contributions during the lecture were great.
“The coaches are very intelligent. They helped make my job easy and today they are qualified and well trained Level II coaches. I believe if they put what they have learnt into practice, they will produce swimmers that will make a mark in intentional competitions.”
Noteccmani however expressed his disappointment that the association still lacks a pool to practice.
“I am asking the president of the association to make sure that he provides the necessary equipment for the coaches so that they will be in a position to teach the sport well. Swimming and swimmers will not survive in any country if they do not have the facility that will help them to improve on their skills.”
Deputy Minister of Sports, Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh, assured the association of his ministry’s support to develop the sport and all other sporting disciplines in the country.