Top Coach Here To Upgrade Skills

Fiji Swimming hopes to gain more through the $27,000 grant by the Fiji National Sports Commission for the upskilling of teachers of competitive strokes. This was the message from Fiji
14 Jan 2015 08:58
Top Coach Here To Upgrade Skills
Australian Swim Coaches and Trainers Association certified coach Hayden Belshaw (left) explains the techniques during the coaching clinic at the National Aquatic Centre in Suva esterday.Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Fiji Swimming hopes to gain more through the $27,000 grant by the Fiji National Sports Commission for the upskilling of teachers of competitive strokes.

This was the message from Fiji Swimming official Trisa Cheer during the first day of a week-long course being run by internationally renowned Australian swimming coach Hayden Belshaw.

“We’re looking to make the most of this opportunity and really it is a big deal of having someone of Hayden’s calibre here,” she said.

“It’s not every day that we get to have someone like him here so we’re very thankful. We’re doing everything we can to make the most of his skills and knowledge by having him work with all the various facets of the sport and all the respectable groups and divisions to help lift each of those areas.

“More importantly he’s not just working with the athletes but he’s working with the trainers as well, which is vital because we don’t have many qualified coaches and trainers.

“This reflects on the athletes missing out on learning the right techniques and methods, which has often resulted in swimmers getting upset when they’re disqualified at international meets because they don’t know these things so we’re looking to change that.

“We had the children’s camp over the weekend, we’ve got the teachers of competitive strokes workshop going, we’ve got the training with the Pacific Games happening every morning from 7-9 until Sunday and we’ve got the senior squad training, which will also run until Sunday.”

Commission chairman Peter Mazey echoed similar sentiments about the need for qualified coaches and trainers.

“Every swimmer, every athlete needs a trainer and we’re very short of them so by bringing people into the country and funding this we’re hoping that every one of these trainers and coaches will go out and encourage more people to be involved in the sport.

“Swimming is the first one for the year. Last year we did it with a number of other sports where we were training not just coaches but also referees. So it’s proved that it works and it’s a way of developing our own coaches in Fiji.

“People have often questioned why we bring in international coaches and it’s because we need to get our own coaches qualified.

“It’s all very well we’re getting a lot more people interested in sports but we need to have more people in the area of coaches, referees and even administrators so that these people can continue in the sport that they want.

“We’ll be announcing shortly a number of grants for this sort of programmes. The other one we do is we actually send people offshore and that’s for specialist training and we’ll be looking at some of that under our scholarship grants.”

The workshop participants are expected to travel to Nakelo, Tailevu tomorrow as part of their water safety outreach programme.


January 13-16

7.00am – 9.00am: Swim Session

Saturday, January 17

6.30 am: Arrival

7am-9am: Swim Session (Drills and Skills)

9.30am – 9.45 am: Morning Tea

9.45am – 12pm: Psychologist session with the squad

12.30pm to 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00pm: Talk session with Haydn BelShaw

3.00pm – 5.00pm: Dryland and pool session with Haydn Belshaw

Sunday, January 18

9.00am – 11.00am: Swim Session (Drills and Skills)

11.00 – 11.15 am: Morning Tea

11.15am – 12.30pm: Discussion on Pacific Games and requirements (coaches and team managers)

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30 – 2.30pm: Talk session with Haydn Belshaw

3.00am – 5.00pm: Dryland and pool session Haydn Belshaw

(Please note times and programme are subject to change)



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