The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity is continuing to increase the number of local Sports Administrators. The main aim of a move in this direction is towards the improvement of Sports in Guyana.
Against this backdrop, the GOA conducted its 19th Sports Administrators Course, over the period 18th – 21st October, 2018.
The venue for this year’s course was the Guyana Teachers’ Union Conference Center in NEW AMSTERDAM, Berbice. This was the fourth occasion that this course was held outside of Georgetown and the second time at this particular venue as the first such course held outside of Georgetown was conducted there in 2007.
The welcoming of the participants at the Opening Ceremony for this year was carried out by Mr. Garfield Wiltshire, Course Director, while the Overview of the Course and Opening Remarks were given by Course Director, Mr. Claude Blackmore.
This year’s course had twenty – five participants drawn mainly from the county of Berbice.
This year’s Course had several of the “Presenters” outside of the list of Certified Course Directors, of the Guyana Olympic Association.
The Programme saw the return from Overseas Studies of Nutritionist within the Ministry of Public Health, Ms. Abigale Caleb who Lectured on the topic: “Importance of Sports Nutrition” while a new comer to the programme and from the same Ministry, was Psychologist, Ms. Mosa Hutson, who dealt with the topic: “Mental Health in Sports”, a topic continued among the participants even after the Lecturer, had departed.
Similar participants’ reactions were given to a number of other Presentations, the most pronounced seems to have been, one given by Mr. Theodore Henry whose topic: Strength and Conditioning in Sports saw parts of it where participants had to come from off their seats to do the Practical Demonstrations.
A jovial part of the Course was the “bantering” among the Participants as to who could have been arrested as against those who would have been charged by the Police as Attorney at Law, Ms. Emily Dodson went through with her topic which was: Sport and the Law. Participants also took part in a panel discussion “The important role Sports play in the development of Individuals”