WW represented at the IWF Train the Trainers Course

WW represented at the IWF Train the Trainers Course

On 1st-3rdFebruary 2019, the second International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Training the Trainers course for Women was held at the Eleiko Head Quarters in Halmstad, Sweden. This course was organised by the IWF and was partly funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) development program.

Representatives were invited from all five continents, with coaches from 15 countries worldwide in attendance, most prominently from Oceania.

Attending on behalf of Weightlifting Wales, was Ania Negele, a Regional Development Officer in South Wales, Wales’ first female Weightlifting coach to be part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games team and winner of the 2018 WW Coach of the Year award. Also attending for Weightlifting Wales was Coach Education Manager Joanne Calvino, who has an extensive background in the sport as an athlete and has coached at GB youth and junior level.

The Level 1 and 2 courses were authored and lectured by Dr Kyle Pierce and Lyn Jones, Lyn, who is originally from Wales but has been based in Australia for some years. The Level 1 course aimed to present new coaches with a method of teaching Weightlifting to beginners, and included safety elements, progressive methods, training plans and anti-doping education. The Level 2 aimed to present a method of teaching classical lifts, coaching women, and developing youth training programs.

“I really enjoyed the IWF women’s Train the Trainer course, to be part of a select group of women from around the world and to be recognised by the IWF as educators of our sport was empowering.  I look forward to supporting the IWF and continuing my passion to deliver Weightlifting education here in Wales and beyond”– Joanne Calvino

“The IWF Train the Trainers Course was a great weekend of learning and engaging with coaches from all across the world, sharing experiences and knowledge in Weightlifting. I look forward to the development of the IWF Coach Education Programme in the near future” -Ania Negele