Sport science and technology enabled development. These were two of the buzz phrases used by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) as they described their upcoming launch of "Long Term Athlete Development Programme" through a proposed Sport Business Conference.
In partnership with the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), the TTOC seeks to propel our drive toward #10Golds24 (ten or more Olympic Gold Medals by the year 2024) by introducing a more scientific programme to the country in terms of identifying and developing athetes for the future. Secretary General Annette Knott described that internationally, the process of creating an Olympic Champion generally starts "eight to ten years before". Therefore, for us to have ten athletes who can become Olympic Champions by the year 2024, we need to act now or end up racing from behind.
The programme is supported by CANOC who is bringing one of the foremost experts in the field, Richard Way, who pioneered the Canadian programme, to the caribbean to visit six countries, including Trinidad and Tobago. The conference, scheduled for the 25th and 26th of February is expected to kick-start an 18 month programme of visits from other experts to lend their experience and knowledge to local coaches and programmes from the primary school level upward. The programme is expected to most benefit the 9 to 11 age group in terms of identifying the basic talent that matches specific sporting disciplines, the 11 to 14 group that would be trained in how to train in order to best develop that talent and the 14 to 16 group that would be pushed toward being olympic champions.
It is indeed a very exciting initiative should it be properly executed. The world over, the science of sport is being used regularly including heart monitors, sleep monitors, metrics in terms of energy spent power generated etc. These figures are then fine-tuned to the individual to develop individual training regimes to maximise each individual's potential for their chosen sport. When we consider the relative success we have had based on natural talent when competing against people who currently use these resources , it boggles the mind as to how much more we can achieve sporting wise when actually implementing these benefits.
It all begins on February 25th and 26th. The TTOC is ready to lead the way in taking T&T sport to the future; toward building champions. #10golds24