By Erin Greene on 07/10/13 at 1:55 pm
Triathlon developing action continues to unfold in the Americas through PATCO Sport Development with the support of ITU Development. The beautiful country of Guatemala was the most recent stage of the ongoing projects for the Americas. It welcomed the ITU/PATCO Level 1 Club Coaches Course right after the London Grand Final.
“Guate” had been eager for an official coaches course for years and it arrived at a time when the country is enjoying a wealth of young athletes that are pushing the sport to a status of considerable growth. This translates into a great need of developing the sport in the region.
With an attendance of 35 participants, this record-breaking course gathered coaches from all over Guatemala, as well as Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The Guatemalan National Federation provided excellent facilities at Guatemala’s Autonomous Sports Confederation for the theory sessions, while the practical sessions were held at nearby suitable locations.
The four-day course was a very rewarding experience for all participants and for facilitator Rodrigo Milazzo, as the group was passionate and enthusiastic about triathlon. The facilitation will surely deliver optimistic results to the future of Guatemalan triathlon for the upcoming years, as many of the coaches already work with kids and young athletes. Therefore, the overall triathlon coaching knowledge will be reflected by a higher development of the sport in the region in the future.
The Guatemalan National Federation was very pleased with the exceptional attendance by the coaches and provided a very good structure for all sessions, allowing the participants to experience triathlon coaching with lots of information under a wonderful environment of camaraderie.
The Level I Coaches Course is part of ITU Development program and will head to Puerto Rico as another Olympic Solidarity granted project in the Americas in October together with the PATCO Junior Development Camp.