On Friday March 2, 2012 BlazeSports Haiti held a disability sports workshop with 23 participating departmental leaders from the 10 geographical departments of Haiti, at the BlazeSports Sports Academy in Delmas
The workshop was led and facilitated by Daniel Pierre-Charles, Director of BlazeSports Haiti, Milien Chery, Sports Manager of BlazeSports Haiti and Dr. Toussaint Coissi Dogbe of the Ministry of Sport. As one of the objectives of the workshop, BlazeSports Haiti officially established local disability sports clubs amongst other sport related programs for persons with physical disabilities in Haiti. BlazeSports Haiti shared its desire to encourage, integrate and provide on-going technical assistance in Sports and recreational activities for persons with disabilities in Haiti, which will in turn contribute and strengthen the nation’s existing Paralympic Sport structure.
The day began with BlazeSports Haiti Director, Daniel Pierre-Charles, who provided an overview of BlazeSports Haiti’s mission and goals. He was followed by Dr. Toussaint Dogbe Coissi, from the Haitian Ministry of Sport, who explained the organization and practice of sports for persons with disabilities while also also emphasizing the need for physical activity for persons with disabilities. Finally, Chery Milien briefed the participants on the requirements of best practices in sports for persons with disabilities.
Reflecting on the workshop, Daniel Pierre-Charles said: “with this workshop, we have begun laying the foundations of the work of BlazeSports Haiti. With the involvement of national leaders such as those in attendance, it will allow us to better organize train the trainer sessions after which the trained leaders and coaches will go back to their communities and share their knowledge and expertise with others through a multiplier process, in order to generate greater sport, recreation and social inclusion and respect for persons with disabilities.”
To date, Haiti boasts several highly motivated and potential departmental representatives who can further champion disability sports throughout the country. In responding to the need for a solid Disability Sport presence in Haiti, BlazeSports Haiti hopes to have at least 100 clubs across the country, train at least 100 coaches in several disability sports and provide the opportunity for at least 1000 children within the ten departments to be actively involved in disability sport, recreation and physical activity.