60 Coaches undergo swimming training

BY: Beatrice Laryea
Rick Powers (in cap) in a pose with the participants after the course
Rick Powers (in cap) in a pose with the participants after the course

Sixty swimming coaches, drawn from clubs and service institutions in the country, have benefitted from a five-day Level One Coaching Clinic organised by the Ghana Swimming Association (GSA) at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium.

The event, which was meant to equip the coaches to impart technical knowledge to their swimmers, had a Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) instructor, Rick Powers from the United States of America (USA), as the course instructor.

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Rick Powers, who was assisted by Selikem Sorkpor, a board member of the GSA, took the participants through theoreticial and practical aspects of the rudiments of coaching during the event.

Some of the topics tackled were the breaststroke, the freestyle, the backstroke, the butterfly, as well as how to prepare a schedule for swimmers.

"This is a very comprehensive course covering a lot of topics focusing on technical aspects and I believe all the participants have received a lot of information that they can build on for the future”, said Rick Powers.

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Speaking at the closing ceremony yesterday, the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority, Mr Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, charged the participants not to relent in their efforts but focus on imparting the knowledge they have acquired to their swimmers.

"I will entreat you to help our swimmers with this knowledge that you have acquired so they can win more medals for our country in international competitions."

"I will also encourage you to engage the people in your communities and help them to learn how to swim because, apart from being a sporting event, it is also good for our health and our daily activities," said Mr Baah Agyemang, who is also a former Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North.

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Meanwhile, the leadership of the GSA has expressed appreciation to the management of Tesano Sports Club for making their swimming pool available for the practical aspect of the course.