- Close to 100 local sports coaches have successfully completed a three-week clinic with technical coaches from China, where they benefited from training aimed at sharpening their skills and learning new techniques.
- The training, part of the Jamaica/ China technical cooperation agreement signed between the countries in 2017, covered seven disciplines – badminton, synchronised swimming, women’s football, swimming, women’s basketball and volleyball, and gymnastics.
- The coaching sessions were conducted at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, the National Stadium, YMCA and the Jamaica School of Gymnastics.
Close to 100 local sports coaches have successfully completed a three-week clinic with technical coaches from China, where they benefited from training aimed at sharpening their skills and learning new techniques.
The training, part of the Jamaica/ China technical cooperation agreement signed between the countries in 2017, covered seven disciplines – badminton, synchronised swimming, women’s football, swimming, women’s basketball and volleyball, and gymnastics.
The coaching sessions were conducted at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, the National Stadium, YMCA and the Jamaica School of Gymnastics.
For national badminton coach, Neil Lewis, the training obtained is an important step towards positioning Jamaica as a titan in the sport.
“Badminton is a very technical sport and right now, Asia rules the world as far as it is concerned. Their style is critical to us if we intend to make any (advancements) on the world stage,” he told JIS News, at the closing-out ceremony for the first phase of the programme at the National Arena in St. Andrew on January 25.
“There were several techniques they showed us (during training) that we were not aware of, so it will be beneficial to us,” he noted.
He added that the exchange between Jamaica and China will help the sport of badminton to grow and become “far better”.
China enjoys an enviable position in the world of badminton. It is the most successful country in recent badminton history, dominating the sport at the London 2012 Olympic Games, winning all five goal medals on offer.
Other Asian countries with elite badminton programmes include Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia.
Head Coach of the under-15 women’s football team, Tashana Vincent, said she learnt a lot about the rudiments of football from the Chinese coaches.
“I realise that the Chinese are known for their agility, so I have learnt how to incorporate agility with football and the other elements such as balance and coordination (which) are very important in the game,” she explained.
Ms. Vincent told JIS News that she enjoyed the interaction with the Chinese coaches and “picked up a few of the basics of their language”.
She indicated that the training exposure will enable her to advance her own coaching, making her more rounded and Jamaica a better competitor on the world stage.
Meanwhile, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, said she is grateful to the Chinese for the hospitality extended to the coaches and athletes who have already visited China under the agreement.
“Their graciousness as hosts to athletes, coaches, sports officers and others who visited has left us with a warm feeling of appreciation, and (we) have to let them know for sure how much it has meant to us,” she said.
Ms. Grange is also expressing gratitude to the Chinese for the donation of sport equipment made to Jamaica, noting that it has been the most ever made under any similar agreement.
Counsellor of Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica, Fan Jianghong, for his part, said that the technical cooperation agreement provides a “good forum for mutually beneficial sharing of knowledge and culture”.
“We celebrate the successful completion of this phase of the programme and can confidently state that both sides are truly happy with the outcome,” he said.
Mr. Jianghong told JIS News that the cooperation agreement acknowledges Jamaica’s skill in sports and provides a perfect opportunity to increase the country’s prowess in the seven sporting disciplines for the Pan American Games this year and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The closing ceremony included skills demonstrations in basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.
More than 400 local athletes will benefit from training in China over three years under the Jamaica/China technical cooperation agreement.
Under the second phase of the agreement, a coaching delegation will journey to China at the end of June for a 60-day training course.
A total of 138 athletes, coaches and managers travelled to the Asian country in the summer of 2018 for initial engagements.
While in Jamaica, the Chinese coaches visited the Black River Safari, Appleton Estate and YS Falls, and benefited from other cultural exchanges.