International Cycling Course Presented in Namibia

The Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) partnered with the Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF) to present an international Level 1 cycling coaches course in Namibia.

The course was held from 17 to 24 January in Windhoek and focused on educating Namibian cycling coaches and giving them an opportunity to obtain an international qualification.

Coaches from Katima Mulilo, Oshakati, Eenhana, Gobabis and Windhoek attended the course and are excited to share their newly acquired knowledge and expertise with cyclists across the country.

The UCI (International Cycling Federation) course, which was funded by Olympic Solidarity, was presented by international coaches educator, Richard Shepherd. Shepherd is a UCI accredited instructor with years of experience as British Cycling coach, where his roles included the coaching of the British talent squad.

Shepherd, who has also been involved as a coach in a number of African countries, understands the challenges that are encountered in Africa. He however noticed great potential in Namibian Cycling during a previous visit to Namibia in 2014 where he worked with some of Namibia’s top cyclists, as well as riders from the Physically Active Youth (PAY) development project.

“During the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, I was asked to accompany the Namibian Team as coach, which was an honour for me at these prestigious games,” Shepherd mentioned.

“I hope my involvement will see further visits throughout the coming years to support projects and ensure Namibia creates a g, healthy and sustainable structure that is an example of excellence in cycle sport.”

The Namibian coaches that have qualified as UCI Level 1 coaches are:

Moses Musukubili, Salomo Ndeshimona, Fred Adam, Jafet Amukushu, Johannes Hamunyela, Jacques Gryffenberg, Johan Vorster, Ingrid Milz, Heiko Redecker, Sally Harper, Irene Steyn, Hans du Toit, Martin Freyer, Ananias Ananias, Erna Opperman, Michael Pretorius, Carolin Janik, Michael Swanepoel and Heiko Diehl.

The Level 1 course focused mainly on teaching the basic skills of cycling in a group coaching environment.

The plans of the NNOC and NCF now include a Level 2 coaching course later this year. This will give interested Level 1 coaches the opportunity to further their knowledge and learn how to coach aanced and elite level riders.

Source : The Namibian