On Saturday, July 14th, BlazeSports concluded six days of training in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. In partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee (TTPC), BlazeSports facilitated a Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS) training for coaches, volunteers, administrators, and government personnel engaged in Paralympic and Olympic sport. The 42 participants represented such sports as Athletics, Swimming, Judo, Equestrian, Sailing, Canoe/Kayak and Martial Arts. Ken McKell, President of TTPC said of the training “You have touched the lives of many if not all of the participants since their perceptions and knowledge have now been made so much clearer and they are now empowered to approach and encourage persons with disabilities to be empowered through sport. This would surely be the living theme of the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee; Changing Minds, Changing Lives through Sport, Recreation and Rehabilitation.”
The Caribbean region has a long history of success within the Olympic movement and now, through trainings such as these, the nations of the Caribbean are hoping to develop a rich history within the Paralympic movement as well. One participant spoke of the training “I benefitted tremendously, for the first time I had the full support of experience and knowledge in live and living color through Ann Cody and Dan Humphreys of BlazeSports. You touched on all the topics and areas that needed the “Blaze” touch to all the information that I received. Today, I am more empowered to encourage, implement and administrate for the development of Disability Sports throughout the Caribbean and the world by extension.”
The CDSS program is designed to develop awareness and build capacity to provide disability sport programs to the standards of best practice. Each training is customized for the particular audience and the training in Trinidad and Tobago hit the mark. “Being involved in the CDSS workshop has really given me a deeper understanding and knowledge of disability sport and the complexities that are involved. This knowledge base will greatly improve the quality of the delivery of service expected of the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee.” – Atiba Antoine, Assistant General Secretary & Sport Development Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee.
For information on hosting a CDSS Regional Training Workshop visit the BlazeSports website or contact Dan Humphreys, Director of Training, Education and Certification at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a quote from the training:
Good evening to you both,This without a doubt has been a historic milestone in T&T. This course will add tremendously to educate and stimulate those persons who are willing to contribute and be part of the committment to and development of Parasport and the Paralympic Movement in our country!
Many Thanks to you both for the expert delivery and may God Bless you and your families.!Regards,
Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee