Coach Tony Hortère gets Paisac recognition


Coach Hortère accepting his certificate from Mr Gopal as Socga secretary general Alain Alcindor and handball chairman Dogley looks on

The training was in the framework of the Olympic Scholarship Programme for Coaches of the Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee.

It falls under the International Support Programme to the African and Caribbean Sport (Paisac), a Canadian sports programme based on international cooperation, aiming at sustainable development through sport.

Paisac's mission is to take part in the sports development in the African and Caribbean countries, members of the Commonwealth and the Francophonie, by means of training in order to contribute to the revalorisation of the role and function of the technical sports administrators in these countries.

While in Canada, coach Hortère followed courses at the National Coaching Institute under the National Coaching Certification Programme (NCCP). This includes mental preparation, energy files and recovery, long term athlete development and performance planning.

He also covered the theoretical components of competition development –parts A and B (level 2 and 3) – and competition development level 3 offered by Sports Québec.

The Coach True anti-doping programme was also on coach Hortère’s training programme while in Canada. Among the topics he covered were health consequences of doping, accountability in anti-doping, results management, therapeutic use exemptions and decision-making.

He received his certificate yesterday from Seychelles Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (Socga) president Antonio Gopal during a ceremony at the Olympic House, Roche Caïman in the presence of Socga secretary general Alain Alcindor and chairman of the Seychelles Handball Federation Norbert Dogley.

Mr Gopal described coach Hortère’s achievement as a plus, both for him and for the sport. He urged him to use his newly acquired skills to help upgrade the level of local sports.

Coach Hortère described his days in Canada as very hectic and hardworking. “I did a lot of studies and had a lot of sleepless nights,” he said.

He explained that he made all those sacrifices because he wanted to excel in his studies to bring his contributions to local sports. He also thanked all those who helped in one way or another for the course to materialise.

R. D.

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