Jojo Santo Tomas, Pacific Daily News (GNOC Media Partner)
Published 12:42 a.m. ChT Feb. 12, 2020
The Guam National Olympic Committee and Guam’s Department of Education launched their Athlete Awareness education campaign to a packed house of students Feb. 11 at Tiyan High School.
Lenora Makela, a registered dietitian nutritionist, works with student volunteer Gavin San Nicolas during the launch of the Athlete Awareness program Feb. 11 at Tiyan High School. The program is a partnership between the Guam Department of Education and the Guam National Olympic Committee. (Photo: Jojo Santo Tomas/PDN)
About 80 students crammed into a large upstairs classroom to hear from a panel of sports specialists. The panels, formed by the GNOC’s Lead Doping Control Officer Joey Miranda III, will visit five other DOE high schools over the next few months to teach interested athletes about the many facets of building athlete excellence outside of practices and competitions.
Sports physiotherapists Jordan Tingson and Paul Claros were on the panel along with Lenora Makela, registered dietitian, Gregory Miller, a chiropractor, and Dr. Arania Adolphson, a sports doctor.
Makela finished the group presentation with a demo about sugar and salt intake. She scooped spoon after spoon into a container to measure it, then showed attendees how much sugar it is possible to ingest from a day’s worth of beverages.
“I think it was received very well. Not too bad for a short time frame,” said Makela. “We hope that we’ve left a long and lasting impression.”
Ava Cruz, 17. has been a jiujitsu player for the last six or seven years. She was not at all surprised to see that her personal coaches were already on the panel.
Trever Martinez, a senior volleyball player, said he enjoyed learning about the anterior cruciate ligament and its purpose in the knee, as well as the science of proper hydration.
“I think this is a good program that they should do more at other schools,” said Martinez. “Especially for those who don’t know or don’t have access to that kind of stuff. You just give it to them right there, I think that’s the best way.”
Next on the GNOC’s presentation schedule are the students of John F. Kennedy, set for Feb. 26, followed by George Washington High on March 25 and Simon Sanchez High April 22.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – Guam National Olympic Committee Headquarters, Maite, Guam
GNOC is hosting the Oceania Sport Education Program Development Coach Course. The course is lead by OSEP Mentor Lemeki Savua of Fiji.
Facilitators include Regional Master Educators Jubilee Kuartei of Palau and Joey Miranda III of Guam alongside Guam Master Educators Melanie Torre and Don San Agustin. 13 participants are enrolled in the four day course which ends on Saturday, February 8.
A six month assessment will continue as each participating coach seeks to achieve their certification.
Participants started Day 2 of the OSEP Development Coach course with core activation as each coach presented core-related stretches and workout. Thereafter, coaches were assessed by Master Educators on the execution of their pre-task on coaching. Each coach was given ten minutes to execute their respective presentation with specific assessments on Introa, demonstration, position and practice session. Group discussions ensued with their respective MEs through the GROW method.
Module 2: Planning and Delivery was covered through a group activity facilitated by the mentor on principles of training. Each group demonstrated three concepts with open discussions held after each principle. The mentor proceeded to presenting the key terms in planning and demonstrated the use of the OSEP Planning Template. At the end of the course day, each coach was tasked with completing a planning template for the next session.
Day 3 activities began with Mentor Lemeki Savua filling the OSEP General Planning Template, working on the phases of periodization, macro-cycle, meso-cycle, micro-cycle, cycles/blocks, medical screening, physio screening, travelling, loading and nutrition.
The coaching principles, functional, roles, key factors, selection and laws were discussed as well as safety in coaching. The subject included athlete welfare, keeping the athlete well hydrated, functional role of a water carrier, athletes nutritional plan, hygiene and risk assessment facilitated by Master Educator Melanie Torre.
Mentor Lemeki provided the recap for the day along with the tasks that are required for the final day of the course.
The final day’s activities began with Mentor Lemeki Savua reviewing the OSEP General Planning Template. He revisited the micro-cycle, macro-cycle, blocks of cycles and loading pattern.
The coaches were brought outdoors to demonstrate their coaching skills. Each coach was tasked with providing a ten-minute session on their sport specific skill. A review was held after each session by the participants and Master Educators. An activity was provided on Long-Term Athlete Development stages by Don San Agustin. Groups were established and tasked to provide key coaching strategies for each stage, outcome and coaching styles. After each presentation, discussion ensued on the subject matter.
Groups were assessed by Master Educators in their respective skills then their individual assessments were made. Lemeki reviewed the day’s activities and provided them with their assessment practical.
The course was closed by Joey Miranda III who thanked everyone for their participation and provided a brief on the upcoming activities of GNOC as well as the possibility of integrating their respective coaching programs with OSEP’s course which would become the standard of GNOC’s coaching commission.
Friday, January 31, 2020 – Government House, Agana Heights, Guam
The Guam Women and Sport Commission hosted a mixer on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Government House in Agana Heights. The First Gentleman was on hand for the occassion that featured the launch of the Guam Safe Sport Program and a dialogue about Women and Sport.
The event was facilitated by Joey Miranda III as GNOC Secretary-General Robert Steffy opened the proceedings with a welcome speech. Free flowing beer, wine and pupus were on tap while music was provided by the group “Just Friends”.
Sandra Miller presented the Guam Safe Sport Program through a power point presentation and discussed the procedures. The program is mandated by the International Olympic Committee and overseen by the Equity Commission Oceania.
Melanie Torre moderated the panel discussion later in the evening featuring two female Olympic prospects: Guam Wrestling Federation’s Mia-Lahnee Aquino who also serves as the Guam Naitonal Athletes Commission Secretary and Guam Weightlifting Federation’s Jacinta Sumagaysay, who garnered the most medals during the 2019 Pacific Games. GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission Secretary Dr. Arania Adolphson and Guam Triathlon Federation Board Member and GNAC Vice Chair Tara Tydingco provided the entourage prospectus of the panel.
The event was supported by the Olympic Solidarity’s Equity grant. The organizers included GNOC Board Member and Executive Director Anita Blas and Keo Frontiero.
The Guam Department of Education provided a glimpse into its future plans for the development of interscholastic sports during a four-hour session Saturday that involved more than 120 coaches and athletes from the middle and high-school levels.
In partnership with the Guam National Olympic Committee, GDOE rolled out a series of classes aimed at embracing the whole athlete and helping coaches develop an understanding of a balanced student-athlete.
Saturday’s session was the first, reiterated the presenters in every session, adding they expected the learning to be part of a year-round effort as GNOC and GDOE continue to collaborate.
“The presentation was a preview of the program we will be working with our student athletes in-school,” said GNOC sport development and compliance officer Joey Miranda III. “Our intention is to deliver the program to all students in the middle and high schools competing in the ISA programs.”
There were a total of 10 presenters. Dr. Arania Adolphson and Dr. Mark Anderson covered concussion protocol and awareness. Dr. Chris Fernandez and Dr. Ryan Claros presented on Youth Development and Load Management for the adolescent. Dr. Jordan Tingson and Dr. Julienne Duenas hit a hot topic for the island – Prevention of ACL Injury. Lenora Makela and Rosae Calvo offered valuable information on hydration and nutrition during competition and training. The student component, which focused on the anti-doping message and the Olympic Values program, was covered by Dr. Luis Cruz and Miranda.
“The main goal of the program is to develop a better understanding for our student athletes and their entourage of how to effectively prepare themselves for competition on and off the field of play and to make the choices that are beneficial to them,” Miranda said.
“I hope the attendees left with a stronger understanding of the importance of athlete health in sport and strategies to optimize their health and performance,” said Tingson, who conducted the ACL injury prevention component of the program.
The road to GDOE’s inaugural Interscholastic Sports Association was anything but easy. But, GDOE has stood firm in its commitment to its athletes despite the controversy. Saturday’s sessions were lively as athletes and coaches moved from seminar to seminar. Break sessions offered coaches the opportunity to network and share information.
Astumbo Middle School soccer coach Nap Finch said he was initially wary about spending Saturday at GDOE when there were so many other things he needed to do.
“I didn’t want to go, and I was trying to get out of it,” he said, laughing. “But, I liked it … The ACL one, for me, was really the most informational.”
The pace of the sessions and the presenters did a good job sharing information that was useful for coaches, he said.
“It was really good,” he said, adding he would attend future presentations if they prove as useful as the first one did.
Astumbo eighth graders Candance Mansapit and Sophia Gonzalez said they enjoyed the day.
“My favorite part of the program was the second session I went to,” said Gonzalez, referencing the nutrition and hydration component. “It was interesting … I learned a lot from when to hydrate to concussions.”
Fellow Dragon Manasapit agreed with her soccer teammate.
“(It was) an eye opener for me to watch and be careful of the food I intake,” said Mansapit. “I learned a lot of new things that I had no knowledge of … it’s a great opportunity to pass along to my teammates.”
Both agreed that more athletes should participate in the program, adding athletes need to be more aware of their training and nutritional needs if they want to continue competing.
According to GDOE acting sports coordinator Al Garrido, raising awareness was a key objective for the program.
“Sometimes, coaches get caught up in the wins and losses that they forget they are completely responsible for the care of their athletes,” he said.
Garrido said it’s important that coaches recognize their student-athletes as “human beings.”
“What they learned at the presentation was that there is more to putting together a practice plan,” he said. “Coaches should consider the overall welfare of the athlete.”
Moving forward, Garrido said, GDOE will ensure they extend the education from the classroom into the playing field to enhance the experience for all.
“The superintendent understands that interscholastic sports is just a tool toward a bigger picture,” he said. “We are educators first and foremost … we are very fortunate that we have GNOC helping us achieve those goals.”
Friday, January 3, 2019 – GDOE Headquarters, Tiyan, Guam
The Guam National Olympic Committee (GNOC) will be providing program support to the Interscholastic Sports Association (ISA) this spring. On Friday, January 3, 2020, GNOC President Ricardo C. Blas signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining this support with Guam Department of Education (GDOE) Superintendent Jon Fernandez and Interscholastic Sports Association Acting Program Coordinator Al Garrido.
The collaboration between GNOC and ISA is set to launch in mid-January, when the GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission will facilitate an athlete awareness program entitled “Developing a healthy understanding of a balanced student-athlete’s lifestyle” to middle and high school coaches, athletic directors and administrators participating in ISA third and fourth quarter sports. The training will cover subject matters including concussions, ACL injury prevention, youth athletic development, load management, hydration, nutrition, first aid and anti-doping. The training program is provided by GNOC through the Olympic Solidarity’s Protection of Clean Athletes Grant, and will take place on January 18, 2020 at the GDOE Tiyan headquarters from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Following this training, the GNOC will work with ISA to schedule similar in-class presentations with high school student athletes participating in sports throughout the remainder of School Year (SY) 2019-2020. Middle school presentations will also be scheduled to take place in SY 2020-2021. Meanwhile, the GNOC will provide training to coaches in February through the Oceania Sport Education Program Development Coach Curriculum. In September, the GNOC will also provide coaches with training on strength and conditioning development.
“Through this partnership, the GDOE hopes to provide an athlete-centered sports curriculum that will teach students to be more aware of their health needs, reduce the chances for injury, and that will ultimately assist students with their growth, both in sports and in life,” Garrido said.