28 coaches gain IOC's International Coaching Accreditation
American Samoa's Diehl Langkildie has successfully completed the IOC's International Coaching Enrichment program
Pictured is (centre) Diehl Langkildie, and on the left Yassine Yousfi, Olympic Solidarity Managerand on the right Dragomir Cioroslan, International Weightlifting Federation
George Williams from the Cook Islands also complete the Coaching Enrichment program.
The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program welcomed 28 members to its class of 2012 yesterday (April 30) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The fourth edition of the ICECP – a collaborative effort between the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee – included coaches from five continents, 28 countries and 10 sports.
The ICECP is conducted in partnership with Olympic Solidarity, an IOC program that provides financial assistance to National Olympic Committees around the world. The world-class coaching education program is offered to NOCs and consists of lectures, participant presentations, group work and field trips spread over four modules, including an apprenticeship with a U.S. national or college team.
“The ICECP is a special program that helps share best practices and promote collaboration,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The worldwide development of sport is a major focus of the entire Olympic Movement and we’re honored to be part of this global program.”
The first three modules took place in the United States last fall, while the fourth just wrapped up overseas. As a part of the final module, participants presented their projects to the ICECP Academic Board at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, then took part in a formal graduation ceremony that featured IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi as the keynote speaker. All 28 graduates were on hand to receive their diplomas.
“This year’s candidates demonstrated the potential and ability to impact sport in their country and to promote the Olympic vision of making the world a better place through sport,” said Matthew Robinson, director of the ICECP and professor of sport management at the University of Delaware. “It was an honor to work with them, and we greatly appreciate the support of Olympic Solidarity, the National Olympic Committees of the candidates’ countries and the International Federations.”
The graduating class of 2012 includes coaches from American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Guam, Japan, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Micronesia, Namibia, Pakistan, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Tanzania.
"The application and outcomes of this program are truly world class and I know it will only continue to grow,” said Elroy Agard, a participant from Barbados. “The relationships and partnerships formed here will change the world and bring us all closer. This program is truly the Olympic goals and values in action."
Other activities undertaken by the ICECP coaches during the last module in Lausanne included visiting the Olympic Museum and Olympic Studies Center; meeting with their respective International Federations and participating in an animated international coaching panel led by Dragomir Cioroslan, 1984 Bronze Medalist in Weightlifting, IWF Vice President and Former US Olympic Weightlifting Team Coach; Juan Carlos Holgado, 1992 Barcelona Games gold medalist in archery and Events Director for the Archery International Federation; and Mr. Dusan Jarotta, Head Coach of the Swiss indoor National Team and International Volleyball Federation Instructor.