After the first edition of the IWF’s Train the Trainers course in 2015, in Bratislava, IWF organized a second edition targeting women and partly funded by the IOC Development Program.
The second IWF Train the Trainers course for Level 1 (Club Coach) was held in Halmstad, Sweden at the ELEIKO Headquarters from 1-3 February. This was also the first course held for the Level 2. In an effort to promote the number of women coaches, women were invited to participate from all five continents. The IWF was happy to note that Oceania was had the highest representation, with four women coaches present.
Representatives from 15 countries attended. Among those were IWF Vice President, Ursula Papandrea, IWF Executive Board Member, Karoliina Lundahl and IWF Executive Board Member & CRC Chairman, Mahmoud Mahgoub.
The purpose of the Level 1 course is to present a method to new coaches for teaching beginners the sport of weightlifting. Topics include safety, a progressive method for teaching the lifts, training plans for beginners, and anti-doping.
Higher level material is presented in the Level 2 Course. Technique for the classical lifts, coaching women and youth, and training programs are among the topics in the Level 2 course.
The course lecturers were Lyn Jones and Dr. Kyle Pierce. They are also the authors of the Level 1 and editors of the Level 2 Manuals.
The participants were given a tour of the ELEIKO Headquarters and factory. The newly-acquired facility impressed the participants, with ELEIKO’s equipment continuing to be synonymous with weightlifting at the highest level.
At the end of the three-day course all participants received a participation certificate.
IWF would like to thank the kind hospitality of Mr. Erik Blomberg and Mr. Andreas Andren from ELEIKO Company for their assistance in making the course possible, together with the IOC.