SANTO DOMINGO. The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) celebrated this weekend the second version of the 1st Course for International Technical Delegates.
The second part of the course, English-speaking, was given at the Barcelo Lina hotel in the capital.
The English version of the course had a lecturer Chris Cohen, from the United Kingdom, and Jane Edstrom, from Canada, two of the most renowned technicians of the WORLD ATHLETICS.
“The Dominican Republic was chosen as the venue for the realization of this course as the one corresponding to the Spanish language, for the role of regional leader that the country plays and for the achievements achieved by Dominican athletics at the international level in recent years,” said the Puerto Rican Michael Serralta, coordinator of the event.
“The WORLD ATHLETICS, at the suggestion of the NACAC, opted for the celebration of both courses in the Dominican Republic, in recognition of the growth and achievements shown by Dominican athletics in international events, for the confidence and prestige that the country and its discipline are enjoying worldwide at the moment”, affirmed Serralta, current Competition Director of NACAC, official lecturer on multiple occasions and Technical Delegate in international competitions.
“This first course for NACAC Technical Delegates had the objective of preparing a panel of people trained to supervise both area, regional and national championships. It is a staff that was basically in charge of supervising the entire event, including visits one year and six months before its celebration and a permanent presence on the ground ten or five days before the celebration”, explained Serralta.
He said that in the course in Spanish and now in English “we had three days of theory through discussion groups to exchange ideas, impressions and knowledge between students and teachers.”
Serralta indicated that fourteen participants from 7 regional countries participated in the course in Spanish that was given between the 2nd and 5th of this month. While English was taken by 20 technicians from 10 nations, including seven Spanish-speaking.
During the opening of the course in English, the president of the Dominican Federation of Athletics Associations, Gerardo Suero Correa, thanked the NACAC for seeing the Dominican Republic as a model to celebrate this type of event.
“As a nation and more than anything as a sport, we value the recognition we have at an international level and we are going to continue working hard as a federation to try to maintain that prestige,” appreciated Suero Correa.
From these courses the first Panel of International Technical Delegates of NACAC will be evaluated and certified.
Of the instructors, it is known that the English Cohen is classified as the best technical lecturer in the world, while the Canadian Edstrom has been the technical delegate of the last World Championships.
“It has been a blessing for the NACAC that they have basically cooperated by coming here for free two of the most reputable technicians in the world today,” said Serralta, about Cohen and Edstrom.
I also ponder the pedagogical capacity of Luis Saladie, Director of the Course in Spanish and who is currently the Director of Competitions and Events in the Spanish Athletics Federation, as well as Technical Delegate in multiple World Championships and Olympic Games, including the event of the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Delegates from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua participated in the course for technicians from countries in the region. The English-speaking were from the Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, the US Virgin Islands and the United States of America.
SOURCE: ATHLETICS NACAC