02.Sep.12 Disability athletics seminar helps officials, coaches and parents
A friendly, upbeat seminar at Doncaster AC filled the knowledge gap and helped club officials, coaches and parents with techniques on how to make progress with their disabled athletes. Everyone learned something new, and everyone got to participate and share experiences and challenges. Add to that a free lunch too, and it was altogether a great success.
Diana Stanger, coach at Doncaster AC and Shelley Holroyd, the Disability Athletics Support Officer for England Athletics North, were on hand to offer insight in to the classification system, what the numbers mean and how to get classified, a topic which was popular.
The day started with Diana and Shelley explaining the difference between the numbers, what impairment groups existed, the differences in the CP classification along with signs and characteristics that the athletes may be injured or in pain. Many of the coaches and parents who attended had never been privy to the information before so it was a lot to take in. The topic of Learning Disabilities was also popular as some of the athletes in attendance were LD athletes. Information was given to the parents of the athletes so they could contact the relevant governing body for further information. This led nicely to the pathway for disabled athletes and how they can achieve standards and enter competitions something which is important for the development of the athletes and the chance to compete against others.
In the afternoon Les Grant led an Inclusive Athletics 365 session where coaches and parents could ask questions and observe the young athletes taking part in the session. This was an eye opener to some of the parents but they thoroughly enjoyed the session. During the 365 session Diana and Shelley were both on hand to answer any questions and follow up on previous questions which related to the session itself. The athletes were also vocal and were even more so when BBC Radio Sheffield arrived to interview them.
At the end of the day everyone enjoyed it and the coaches were looking forward to the first UKA/EA Talent Identification Day in October.
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