May 11, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone Swimming Diving and Water Polo Association (SLWDWPA) national swimming coach, Bobson Mansaray, together with 29 others, have graduated from an International Coaching Enrichment Diploma Certification Program.
The ceremony was held at the Association of National Olympic Committees’ headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and it is the ninth edition of the ICECP – an intensive coaching education program developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee.
The certification covered 30 coaches representing five continents, 30 nations and 15 sports.
Secretary General of SLWDWPA, Mohamed Turay, was pleased with the result of Coach Mansaray, adding that he made the association and the nation proud.
“We are pleased to see our coach graduate with other top coaches in the world. Thanks to the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone for such an opportunity. We are confident that he would deliver all that he has learnt from the training,” Turay said.
The United State Olympic Committee CEO, Scott Blackmun congratulated the most recent ICECP graduates adding that: “The USOC is proud to be included in a program that has significant and positive impacts on the development of sport worldwide. The ICECP places a priority on quality coaching, and we appreciate the work each coach does to advance the Olympic and Paralympic movements around the world.”
The ICECP is conducted in partnership with Olympic Solidarity, an IOC program that provides financial assistance to National Olympic Committees around the world.
In the final module, participants presented projects they completed over the course of the program – which focused on improving coaching infrastructure in their home countries.
The world-class coaching education program is offered to NOCs and consists of lectures, participant presentations; group work and field trips spread over four modules. The 2017 program began Sept. 19 at the University of Delaware and traveled to various locations, including the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and apprenticeship sites around the U.S., before culminating at the ANOC headquarters.
The 2017 graduating class included coaches from Albania, Aruba, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Guatemala, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Palestine, Peru, Romania, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Zimbabwe.