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Developing Holistic Athletes Vital : Lelai

Former Papua New Guinea elite basketball player Karo Lelai and chairperson of the Oceania National Olympic Com­mittee (ONOC) Athletes’ Commis­sion, said an athlete’s needs are holistic – both on and off the field of play.
21 Sep 2022 17:00

Former Papua New Guinea elite basketball player Karo Lelai and chairperson of the Oceania National Olympic Com­mittee (ONOC) Athletes’ Commis­sion, said an athlete’s needs are holistic – both on and off the field of play.

Lelai was addressing the Oce­ania Sport Education Programme (OSEP) micro-qualifications and accreditation process workshop in Nadi this week.

“Sport education offers the range of skills and literacies Oceania athletes need to manage their per­sonal, sporting, and post-sport pro­fessional careers, what is available and what could be strengthened.”

 

“Pacific island countries and the sporting sector need to recognise that athlete welfare is paramount for athlete development and perfor­mance; and both the sector and ath­letes benefit from recognition of the importance of sport education.”

‘We must take care of their needs off the field of play for them to be able to have the peace of mind and mental focus to excel on the field of play and sport education offers this for both athletes and others work in the sporting sector.”

 

Leading sport experts gathered to review and endorse sport educa­tion micro-qualifications toward accreditation of the 15-year-old flagship OSEP which will progres­sively expand course offerings through the Pacific Islands.

The accreditation process will see courses absorbed by higher education institutions accredited to the Pacific Community (SPC) Educational Quality and Assess­ment Programme (EQAP) Pacific Qualifications Framework (PQF) – an exercise that will guarantee graduates recognition of their for­mal qualifications and for those interested, mobility into higher academic programmes.

 

Lelai said: “Athletes must pay at­tention to sport education because aside from gaining valuable knowl­edge to aid their own understand­ing of high performance, it also assists them prepare for life after sports.”

“Together with their experi­ence as elite athletes, undertaking OSEP courses and participating in all other OSEP activities and pro­grammes will differentiate their curriculum vitae from others and make an athlete a more attractive employee.”

 

“Previously, athletes may have had to choose between education and sport or pursue one over an­other, but with the advent of the digital era there is more that could be done in the digital space with internet access and ––a mobile phone.”

“The IOC Athletes’ Commission, for example, has loads of useful online learning tools in small bites that are easily understood and use­ful for athletes to not only navi­gate the changing world but also start thinking about a career after sports.”

 

Lelai emphasised that Digital Lit­eracy and Finance Literacy are two critical literacies that athletes in Oceania need to prioritise in the Pacific islands for their own per­sonal management.

“Being digitally literate enables athletes to access online learning tools, programmes and applica­tions that are designed for conveni­ence and contribute to reducing carbon emissions,” she said.

 

“The Pacific still lags behind the rest of the said, ‘given world, ONOC could consider developing short videos customized to Pa­cific athletes to educate and raise awareness on basic digital literacy in the context of sports – this could be loaded onto the new ONOC Ath­letes’ Commission microsite which is built to serve our Oceania ath­letes.”

Finance Literacy was also tagged by Lelai as critical to athletes in Oceania because personal plan­ning requires attention to finance and its management at personal and family levels.

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