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Positive feedback for athletics congress

11 Nov 2014, General

​Doha, 11 November 2014. The “Youth Athletics Coaching Congress” that gathered 270 coaches from all over the world in Doha concluded on Monday evening and the speakers and participants were full of praise about the event hosted by Aspire Academy in cooperation with Qatar Athletics Federation. “It’s been a great experience and I really enjoyed it,” said John Godina, four-times World Champion in shot put and CEO of the “World Athletics Centre” and one of the popular speakers of the event. “It’s also great to meet old friends at this congress and to spread knowledge in another part of the world.” The US-American also stressed the importance of such events and the strive of coaches to educate themselves. “The whole sport is constantly pushed forward by coaches who develop athletes, train and improve them. The better the coaches, the better the athletes, the better the sport!” Qatar Middle Distance Coach Jama Aden, who has coached multiple world record holders as well as World and Olympic champions was also delighted about the output of the congress. “It’s a great thing for Aspire Academy to bring these people from all over the world together and opportunities like this are very important for the development of our local coaches, because it’s the perfect chance to get useful inputs,” says Aden. “It’s very important to share experiences within the coaching community and I am sure this conference is also very positive for Aspire Academy in terms of their international reputation,” said Kevin Tyler, Hurdles & Relays Coach, University of Oklahoma and former Head of Coaching at UK Athletics. “I was really impressed by the high-level speakers and great topics that were discussed during these two days. I could exchange a lot of ideas with fellow coaches and there is a lot of useful information and inputs I can take home,” said Efthymios Kyprianou from Cyprus, who expressed perfectly what many participants felt at the end of the event.

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