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Coaching course in Kenya

Kenya Amateur Weightlifting Association with the assistance of the International Weightlifting Federation organized a Level 1 and Level 2 coaching course in Nairobi, Kenya from 16th to 21st July 2018. The course was presented by Dr. Kyle Pierce, IWF Coaching and Research Committee member.

The 16 participants included experienced and new coaches as well. After the theoretical and practical sessions of the course, they took a 50 question multiple choice test in order to become an IWF Certified Club Coach.

The Club Coach Course is primarily intended for new coaches. It provides them the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to safely and correctly teach the sport of Weightlifting. The content covers several areas including safety, basic sports science, teaching and coaching principles, a method for teaching beginners’ basic training and competition lifts, training programs for beginners, organizing simple Weightlifting competitions, and anti-doping.

Additional presentations were made on the topics of Bioenergetics, Periodization, Recovery Methods (with a focus on Nutrition), Dietary Supplements, Technique of the Competition Lifts, Sports Psychology Issues, and Youth Resistance Training including Long-term Athlete Development.

As the new Qualification System for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020 comes into force on 1st November 20018, it was also presented.

Besides the lessons conducted by Dr. Pierce, Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) gave lectures on the Doping Control Process, Anti-Doping Rules Violation, Prohibited Substances, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), Nutrition, Supplements, and the Consequences of Doping.

All presentations were outstanding and kept the attention of the course participants throughout.

Kenya Amateur Weightlifting Association was grateful for the successful conclusion of the course and thanked to the IWF to make this course possible.