BY ROMULUS HUTA
A weeklong series of workshops in sports organization management and coaching are being conducted in Honiara this week for national federation administrators and coaches.
The workshops are being led by officials from the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) Oceania Sport Education Program (OSEP) in collaboration with officials from the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI).
The OSEP officials include Pacific Islanders accredited as Oceania Regional Master Educators, Master Educators and Educators.
OSEP is an educational program of the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) that purposely aims to provide quality sport education trainings for its affiliated national Olympic committees and its national federations to inspire more sporting participation in communities and consistently produce champions at international levels.
The workshops, which are being held at the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) conference room at the Town Ground Rugby Stadium and NOCSI Conference room, began on Monday and will conclude on Saturday.
More than 40 participants representing more than 10 sporting federations attended the first two workshops. It is expected to double with the start of the Strength and Conditioning Coach and Management in Sporting Organisation (MiSO) courses targeted national coaches and NOCSI and NF Executive Committee and board members.
The workshops this week are being marked as a new journey for all the national sporting federations in Solomon Islands where participants are taken to a whole new level of experience in learning about development of sports at the community level and so as learn about effective ways of managing their sporting organisations.
According to an interview with SunSPORTS, the OSEP Coordinator, Sainimili Saukuru said the series of workshops the OSEP team had been delivering since last month was aimed at getting Solomon Islands prepared well ahead of the hosting of the Pacific Games in Honiara in 2023 and other future sporting events.
“The Oceania Sport Education program (OSEP) courses for administrators, team managers and coaches are to prepare toward the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Pacific Games, 2020 Olympic Games and the 2023 Pacific Games.
“The OSEP courses train locals involved in running sporting organisations to support the way sport events are conducted and how teams are managed. And also sporting organisations’ leaderships are trained on how they run their national federations, put in place strategic plans to prepare their federations for the 2023 Pacific Games.
“ONOC will work closely with NOCSI and its national federations over the next five years to build the skills and competencies of sport federations coaches and administrators to comply with the principles of good governance in sport,” Saukuru highlighted.
During the course of the week NOCSI Training and Development Commission members Shalom Akao and Morris Mai’taki will be assessed as OSEP Educator and Master Educator. The duo just returned from Fiji as part of the OSEP trainers course to build up the OSEP training team in Solomon islands. This team are targeted to run OSEP courses locally.
Meanwhile, the course facilitators for this week’s workshops include OSEP Regional Master Educators such as Lemeki Savua, Tihrani Uluinakauvadra, Geoffrey Gisane Gideon, Kinivanagi Karo, Sainimili Saukuru and Mentor Talemo Waqa. Also joining the team are OSEP Strength and Conditioning Educators Hannah Ilave and Thereseanne Daimol.