Special Olympic athletes trained on leadership

15 Aug 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) – Over 22 athletes on Friday benefited from the Special Olympics Namibia Athletes Leadership Programme (ALP) that was held at its DagBreek School in Klein Windhoek.
The ALP training educated athletes on how to speak with confidence, carry out interviews with the media (both electronic and printed), manage finances and on how to prepare for fundraising events.
The athletes' leadership programme, which is run by current and retired special Olympic athletes, helps special Olympic leaders to stay in touch with athletes’ interests, so they can ensure that their programmes remain vital and attractive to the people they serve.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the one-day conference, Special Olympics National Director Simon Muinjo said as an organisation, their aim is to promote a greater community involvement for young people and adults with intellectual disabilities.
“The Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programme allow athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation as coaches, officials, team captains, public speaking, advocacy, board and committee members.
“In other words, instead of only taking or receiving services, you will be helping to provide services to others and become a powerful change agent,” he said.
Deon Namiseb, a former ambassador of ALP, encouraged athletes to take the programme seriously as it will help them grow individually.
“To be a leader is a process and one should go through the athletes leadership programme to improve on your communication and interaction skills, as that is an important tool that will take you to a lot of places in your life,” said Namiseb.