November in review for World Triathlon Development and Education

by courtney.akrigg@triathlon.org on 14 Dec, 2021 09:01
November in review for World Triathlon Development and Education

November was filled with activities for World Triathlon Development and Education, including the 2021 Minsk World Triathlon Level 1 Coaches Course in Belarus on November 15, Al-Khobar World Triathlon Activator Community Seminar in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Korea Triathlon World Triathlon Coaches Education Programme Graduation, the launch of the next edition of the World Triathlon Mentoring Programme, World Triathlon Technical Official (TO) Seminar in Madrid, Kuwait World Triathlon Technical Officials and Event Organisers Community Seminar and a Technical Official course in Oman. Read on for a summary of the exceptional activity and initiatives delivered by World Triathlon Development and Education, during the month of November.

2021 Minsk World Triathlon Level 1 Coaches Course was postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first coach education course in Belarus.
Marуia Charkouskaya-Tarasevich, Secretary-General, Belarusian Triathlon Federation
“Belarusian Triathlon Federation was happy to host the first-ever WT Level 1 Coaches Course in Minsk. The course was a brilliant opportunity for Belarusian experienced coaches and young coaches to have access to the coaches education program created by the WT and delivered by international facilitators Zeljko Bijuk and Alexander Kochetkov. 14 coaches from Belarusian sport state schools and triathlon clubs had 5 busy days of theoretical studies and practical sessions. For some of the coaches, the coaching methods offered by Zeljko and Sasha were absolutely different from what they used to study and practice locally. It is vital for a coach to learn from the best international practices in order to achieve better performance of his/her athletes. And the participants had a great chance to learn and try new effective methods of coaching and share their own experience with their colleagues. I hope that the coaches will be able to use all the knowledge and skills they got during the week of the course in our local environment.”

Belarus_TO course

Within a month Qatar Triathlon Federation hosted two Technical Officials education programmes (Community and Level 1 Technical Officials Seminar) in order to have an up-skilled technical and event organizer team to host the 2021 Asia Triathlon Cup Doha at the end of November. Both courses were conducted by Duncan Hough, World Triathlon TO Facilitator from Great Britain.

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Saudi_Development_2021

Kuwait World Triathlon Technical Officials and Event Organisers Community Seminar was held in Kuwait on November 26. The course aimed to train and develop future TO and event organisers in their country. This course is designed to engage communities, clubs and schools with grassroots tri initiatives, with the focus being on basic World Triathlon competition rules and event management principles. A virtual meeting was also hosted in November where representatives of the World Triathlon Women’s Committee and Development and Education met to discuss initiatives to increase women’s participation, across all disciplines in the sport to which they are dedicated.

World Triathlon Development and Education launch its Mentee Recruitment, for the second delivery of its World Triathlon Mentorship Programme. Since the introduction of the World Triathlon Mentorship Programme in August 2020, World Triathlon has trained more than 100 Mentees. Their first mentoring cycle is coming to an end and World Triathlon are now calling for new Mentees, who could benefit from the program.

National Federations are being asked to nominate individuals from within their community to become Mentees.
TIMELINES
7 December 2021 – 21 January 2022: Mentee application period
21 January: Application deadline
1-15 February: Selection Panels to select mentees for a new mentoring cycle.
21-28 February: Mentee E-Course on the Education & Knowledge Hub
1 March: A New Mentoring Cycle starts

The World Triathlon Technical Official Course in Oman was the next step, after helping implement the inaugural Duathlon Series in Oman. The Oman Triathlon Committee is set to deliver the first series of Women’s Duathlon events in October and December 2021. Baida Alzadjali, a representative on the World Triathlon Women’s Committee, champions the development of triathlon in Oman and is part of the local organising committee for Oman Women’s Duathlon events.
The sport of triathlon is developing in Oman with the number of local athletes with the number of participating athletes rising in Oman Triathlon Committee’s first event in 2020 to 50 local athletes. The female numbers are still very low at 3 athletes, who have competed in different events in the last few years.
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Oman Duathlon Series_women_2021


2021 Madrid World Triathlon Technical Officials Level 3 Seminar
took place in Spain from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 November 2021. The course was invitational based on eligibility requirements and ran in accordance to the New Certification Program, where Level 3 officials are separated to Level 3a and Level 3b. 20 Technical Officials from 15 different countries were represented at the seminar in Madrid.

The fourth edition of the Korea Triathlon - World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme has come to an end. The close of the programme was celebrated with a Graduation Ceremony, where all stakeholders came together via a virtual meeting format, on Tuesday 23 November. The 2021 edition of the Korea Triathlon - World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme has an instrumental role in piloting the World Triathlon Level 1 and Level 2 Coaches E-Courses for the first time in the history of World Triathlon. Endless working hours, expertise and continuous monitoring went into this process prior, during and post-course. The World Triathlon Education and Knowledge Hub became the home of the course and the core of World Triathlon Coach Education.

For more information on World Triathlon Development and Education Programmes visit the website.

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