Special Olympics carry out leadership training for athletes

Leadership training for athletes is underway in Port Moresby carried out by the Special Olympics Papua New Guinea from October 28-30.

The three days training is aimed to encourage athletes to be leaders so they can represent themselves well on the SOPNG Board.

SOPNG also aims to establish an athlete council so this training is vital to prepare the participants for that.

SOPNG has invited an expert from Special Olympics Australia to train the athletes and their mentors.

SOPNG president Takale Tuna said they are pushing for the athletes to be leaders.

Takale said they’ve involved the mentors because the parents and guardians are very important in terms of encouraging the athletes to come out from their homes and into the public.

The training workshop was officially opened on Friday, October 28 by Director Sports Operations and Development Peter Chalapan.

Chalapan told the mentors that they’re a very important resource to ensure the athletes are guided to practice what they learn in the three days.

The training explains what athlete leadership is and covers the importance of it.

Participants will also teach Special Olympics audience, tips for social situations and presentation, non-verbal tips and preparing your speech.

Picture courtesy of Special Olympics PNG

Quintina Naime