by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
A total of 20 students attended, 18 men and two women. In addition to Santander, members travelled from various parts of the country; the host nation’s Daniel Archila was the Course Conductor, overall 22 table tennis tables were made available.
“This Level One Course opened doors to coaches nationwide, including the participation of the associations of Bogota, Boyaca, Casanare and Cundinamarca, who actively participated in the course. They showed great enthusiasm. Moreover, on a personal level, it was a highly gratifying experience.” Daniel Archila
Every aspect of the necessary curriculum was covered. Both theory and practical sessions were equally well-received; as in so many instances the Para element, staged on the fourth day of the itinerary, proved the highlight.
Notably for the Para activity, swimmers based in Bucaramanga, who have competed at World and Olympic level, attended; all were quite humbled by the experience. All responded positively as did Bibiana Rojas, a professional coach.
“I have been waiting a long time for the opportunity to attend such a course; it was a really good opportunity with the very best of people. I was able to share experiences with the coaches of national stature. I am very satisfied with everything, I learned a great deal, I am motivated and I want to continue working in table tennis.” Bibiana Rojas
A most successful course and part of a most extensive programme; Santander proposes to continue the policy of developing coaches who can work at both regional and national level.