Athletics leaders in the Cayman Islands say there is a shortage of qualified coaches in the country and they’re addressing the issue.
Nearly 20 athletes, coaches or prospective coaches over the past week have attended an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) level one coaches education course at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
“If we can have more coaches to work with the younger athletes then definitely we should see some improvement in the athletes’ performance,” Mustang Track Club coach Tyrone Yen said.
The event was organised in part through the Cayman Islands Athletics Association (CIAA) and focused on how to work specifically with young track and field athletes.
“Because we have a lot of people who want to coach, who are interested in coaching, but don’t have the education and the background to help the kids,” track and field athlete Carl Morgan said. “So we want to be able to help them properly.”
The idea is to get more coaches involved and give them the proper qualifications.
“I was so impressed with the CIAA and their having that vision for the island,” Wesleyan Christian Academy Athletic Director Joseph Haylock said. “I said, ‘man I want to take the opportunity just to support the thing.’ But now that I’m here I’m learning so much.”