| Differently-abled children in one of the coaching camps last year. File picture |
Dec. 12: The Assam chapter of Special Olympics, Bharat, will conduct a weeklong special training programme for the coaches of differently-abled athletes here from December 17 to 24.
About 100 coaches from the north and northeastern regions of the country will participate in the programme, where resource persons from Delhi will give training on softball.
“We will conduct the training programme for 100 coaches from the Northeast and north India. The coaches will be trained on softball, a special sport meant for differently-abled athletes. Apart from the technicalities regarding the sport, our resource persons will also train them on all aspects of handling a differently-abled individual. The physical, psychological and emotional well-being of such athletes have to be taken into consideration while training them. Hence, the coaches will be put through intensive training,” said Anjana Goswami, area director of the Assam chapter of Special Olympics, Bharat.
The organisation has been holding such coaches’ training programmes as well as camps for differently-abled athletes in Guwahati from time to time. The athletes selected in such coaching camps get to represent Assm in different national-level events. Medal winners at the national-level gain represent India in international events organised by the international organisation of Special Olympics.
The organisers will also arrange for lodging facilities of the participating coaches who will arrive here to take part in the programme. “While some coaches have the experience of training differently-abled athletes, some are new recruits. Once they undergo the training, they will be better equipped to conduct training sessions for differently-abled athletes in their respective zones,” said Goswami.
Speaking about the capabilities of special athletes, Goswami said, “A differently-abled individual always has some hidden potential, which we need to recognise and then give them every scope and proper guidance to develop it. We have come across many such children who are very good at different sports and the best thing is that they put in every effort to succeed. In fact, many athletes who had participated in coaching camps organised by us have represented the country in international sports events.”