‘Para’ train­ing for teach­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE teach­ers were not there to learn the usual things about phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

They turned up for the Para Ath­let­ics Tech­ni­cal and Coach­ing Tech­niques Course at the Raja Mele­war Cam­pus Teach­ers Train­ing In­sti­tute (IPGKRM) in Serem­ban on March 10-12.

The aim of the course, or­gan­ised by the Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Para Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (POPNS), was to equip teach­ers with the knowl­edge to iden­tify, train and teach dis­abled ath­letes in runs, jumps and throws events.

The course was jointly or­gan­ised by POPNS, IPGKRM and the Special Ed­u­ca­tion Unit of the Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment (JPNS).

Re­tired teach­ers were also in­vited to take part in the course con­ducted by in­struc­tors S. An­baras­suu and K. Yo­gas­varen.

Among the ar­eas cov­ered in the course were: warm­ing up and cool­ing down, fun­da­men­tals of run­ning, throw­ing and jump­ing, tech­ni­cal and rules of the events.

Siti Za­harah Ab­dul Khalid, the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Par­a­lympic Coun­cil of Malaysia, handed out cer­tifi­cates to the 65 par­tic­i­pants.

POPNS of­fi­cial Datuk Paul Aroki­asami said: “It was en­cour­ag­ing to see a good turnout from all the districts in this pi­o­neer course es­pe­cially special ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers.

“We hope these teach­ers will train the dis­abled pupils in their re­spec­tive schools to take part in para ath­let­ics meets.”

Ne­sara­jan Subarayan, a fourth year Phys­i­cal and Health Ed­u­ca­tion teacher trainee of IPGKRM, said: “I learned in de­tail the tech­niques of jumps and throws. When I grad­u­ate, I plan to iden­tify dis­abled stu­dents who are study­ing in day schools.”

PIC BY S. SOLOMON SA­MUEL

Vet­eran coach K. Yo­gas­varen guides school teacher Ong Kui Hua dur­ing shot put train­ing.

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