A Level 2 Technical Course for Coaches in Tennis was held in May at the Olympic Centre and Tennis Centre.
Thirteen coaches from 4 countries participated in the Course under the leadership of Mr Guillermo Stevens-Sierra of Mexico. The 4 countries were Curacao, Grenada, Suriname and host country Barbados.
Olympic Week Activities
A Day of Traditional Games for 150 primary school students on Tuesday 19 June. Students were treated to games of days long gone where they played Hop Scotch, Hula Hoop, Marbles, Jacks, and sampled traditional snacks.
The Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) held an Olympic “fun day” for primary school children at their headquarters in Wildey, to celebrate Olympic Day.
Bright smiles at Olympic Fun Day hosted by the Barbados Olympic Association
The event, now in its fourth year, aims to encourage young children to take part in traditional Barbadian games and cuisine, while also teaching them about the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
“We took some traditional games that were played in Barbados many years ago and we expose children to them, activities they would not normally play on a day-to-day basis,” said National Olympic Academy director Dave Farmer. “These are the games that their parents and grandparents would have played and they really enjoyed themselves.”
On offer were games including hula-hooping, marbles, jacks, volleyball, table tennis and chess, among others. There was also a tour of the BOA museum and an Art Room where students designed their Olympic medal and drew their sport.
Physical education teacher at Hilda Skeene Primary school, Janelle Denny, said she was happy to be participating in the event again.
“It’s always a very good initiative from the BOA to put on this type of activity for the primary schools because at the end of the day this is where it all starts, so the children are very motivated to be involved in sport from a very early age,” she said.
Other schools that took part included St. Luke’s Academy, Selah Primary and Luther Thorne Memorial. Olympic Day is celebrated worldwide, and officially takes place every year on June 23. It is held to commemorate the founding of the modern Olympic Games and to promote the Olympic ideals of “move”, “learn” and “discover”.
A Sports Focus Discussion for Secondary school students on Thursday 21 June from 10.00 am to 2.00pm and a Panel Discussion for the general public at 7.00pm same evening.
The Secondary School theme was “The Athlete as a Role Model” and the Panel Discussion theme was “ The Role of Sport in the Development of Barbados”
Olympic Day Fun Ride, Run and Walk was held on Saturday 23 June at Olympic Centre.
Cyclers taking off for the Olympic Day Fun Ride