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U.S Stint For Lifting Coach

U.S Stint For Lifting Coach
Henry Elder in Suva on June 12, 2017. Photo: Grace Narayan
September 15
11:00 2017

Weightlifting Fiji’s strength and conditioning (S&C) coach, Henry Elder Jnr is heading to the University of Delaware, Newark, USA to attend the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme (ICECP).

Elder was awarded the scholarship earlier this year by the US Olympic Committee and the University of Delaware in conjunction with Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee.

The mission of the ICECP is to provide national level coaches and those responsible for the development of the sport national coaching structures in their countries with a practical program orientated towards developing proficiency in the areas of sport sciences, talent identification, athlete development, coaching education, coaching management, grass roots sport development and ethical aspects of coaching at all levels of competition and across multiple sports.

Elder is an integral member of Fiji’s coaching team as one of the coaches for the 2016 Oceania Championships and Olympic Qualifying tournament and again at the recent Commonwealth and Oceania Championships in Gold Coast where Weightlifting Fiji produced their best ever results at an international meet.

Elder has extensive experience and exposure to a wide range of sports. He started his sporting career in athletics and was Fiji’s S&C coach at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He coached Eroni Tuivanuavou to smash the Fiji national Long Jump record at the 2003 South Pacific Games.

Henry’s project for the scholarship is to design software that monitors athlete training and tracking system. This is specific to weightlifting but can be customised for other sports.

Henry will be based at University of Delaware and the U.S. Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs for his first 3 modules. His final module in April 2018 will be at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

Weightlifting Fiji’s president, Atma Maharaj said, “We’re very pleased to hear that Henry’s application for ICECP was accepted. We are a firm believer in capacity building. I believe Henry and Weightlifting Fiji will gain a lot from this training.”

Elder, is the third candidate from Weightlifting Fiji to be awarded the scholarship over the past few years. Peni Kaloukocei and Della Shaw have successfully completed this course.

Weightlifting Fiji is thankful to the FASANOC, ONOC, USOC, IOC, Olympic Solidarity and University of Delaware for this opportunity.

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