Athletics Kenya nominated Coach Andrew Maritim to attend an IAAF Level III Coaches training program that was held in Daegu city in Korea. The program which ran for 4 weeks had a total of 40 coaches each qualified from level II and strategically picked by The IAAF to attend the level III program.
IAAF operates a Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) that features five levels of courses. The system is available as a service to Member Federations. For each course level the IAAF provides a standard syllabus, qualified lecturers and the necessary learning support materials.
Coach Maritim who also attended a two year exchange program in 2011 to 2013 in Nagasaki Japan, where he was the Sports Exchange Advisor during the period, was the head coach of the Kenyan Junior team that competed in the 2014 World Junior Championships. Kenya was second in the world, bringing home 16 medals.
Maritim left the country last month for Daegu to attend the training program and came back a happy man after passing his level III exams.
The Kenyan coach attest that each country produced one candidate and Kenya was among the 6 countries in Africa with others being Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Seychelles.
Maritim specialized in sprints and hurdles which he says will greatly help him in training Kenyan athletes. Some of the objectives of the training, he said, were to identify talent, plan and train athletes according to their age groups and use special training for each individual athlete according to his/her anatomy.
While asked on what’s next for him the Coach said that he is now determined to sensitize the issue of good and proper training to Kenyan athletes and more so to the coaches in Kenya.
The CEO Athletics Kenya, Mr. Isaac Mwangi, praised Maritim for the great achievement. “We are happy for the coach who will now boost the technical human resource especially in the area of sprints and hurdles which AK is strategically giving more focus. We look forward to sending more coaches for training in the year 2015” He said.
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