By Erin Greene on 09/04/14 at 2:06 pm
An ITU Level 1 Technical Officials seminar took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to enhance the development of technical officials ahead of the upcoming triathlons.
A total 20 participants who had been volunteering and organizing in various domestic events took part in the two-day seminar. The goal of the seminar was to update officials on the 2014 ITU competition rules and to gain ITU knowledge and experience from Ms. Melody Tan, ITU facilitator from Malaysia.
Tan conducted the seminar by showing videos, checking what the participants learned after each session and also asking participants to demonstrate via role-play in teams the various duties of technical officials. To enhance participants’ understanding, actual videos of technical officials in action were used. Participants all looked like they were enjoying the seminar with the group tasks they were asked to participate in.
“It was a great pleasure to have our very first ITU Level 1 Technical Officials Seminar in Malaysia. I am certain that this seminar will encourage our local Technical Officials to learn more about ITU triathlon rules and the Event Organizers’ Manual in depth. Most of our participants are going to officiate in the upcoming international and domestic events in Malaysia. I hope our participants will implement what they learned for all our future duathlon and triathlon events,” said Mr. Cheah Choon Nam, President of Triathlon Association of Malaysia.
“It was an honor for me to facilitate my second seminar in my own country. Throughout the seminar, the participants seemed aware of how important the value of sharing experiences and knowledge is for their development. I tried my best to ensure participants’ learning by inviting questions and feedback from the participants. I think I achieved my goal which was to keep my message simple and clear and to keep the seminar educational and enjoyable,” said ITU Facilitator, Ms. Melody Tan.
“Triathlon Association of Malaysia remains one of the countries targeted for ASTC sport development. I can see the huge changes in this country through our projects. More young athletes, technical officials and coaches are participating in our projects, and these people will be working on our sport development within their own communities. We aim for this movement to be spread out to the other South East Asian countries,” said Ki, Wookyong, ASTC Sports Development Coordinator.
Upcoming Sport Development projects in Asia will be the ITU Paratriathlon Technical Officials course on April 24th, 2014 in The Philippines.