Governance and Financial management discussed during week 2 course

Monday, July 6, 2020 – Zoom on-line

RME Joey Miranda III opened the second day of the GNOC OSEP MISO on-line course and workshop providing a summary on day 1 activities for Sport in the Pacific and effective meetings.  He reminded all attendees to submit their documents no later than Wednesday, July 8. Thereafter, he provided a course outline on the topics of National Federation Governance and Financial Management.

Tara Tydingco covered Federation Governance, OSEP Module 6 specifically focusing on updating the statutes with the mandates of the IOC and GNOC such as the NF Athletes Commission representation, WADA compliance, four-year term, Women and Sport, and Safe Sport.  The presentation was followed up with a breakout session where each group discussed their current federation’s status on updating their constitution, charter and by-laws and ensuring responsibilities are met by the mandated timeframe of July 31, 2020.

Melanie Torre discussed the topic of Financial Management in relation to Module 4.  The key take-away from the module was to have each NF produce a four-year budget for the upcoming quadrennial.  This would enable all federations to prepare for upcoming local and international competitions in an ample amount of time.  The group discussions evolved on sharing best practices in financial planning, fundraising, stakeholders, marketing and working through the new norm. The session ended with Miranda asking all federation representatives to work together to collaborate on other avenues of raising funds for our athletes.

Miranda invited President Ricardo Blas to say a few words of which he thanked the attendees for their participation and looked forward to a more meaningful and fruitful quadrennial ahead.  Miranda summarized the day’s activities alongside Tydingco and Torre and provided an insight to the topics of discussion for next Monday which includes Marketing and Public Relations as well as Planning for Development. 

GNOC hosts first on-line OSEP MISO course

Participants of the first Zoom on-line GNOC OSEP MISO Course

Monday, June 29, 2020 – Zoom virtual platform

The course was facilitated by OSEP Regional Master Educator Joey Miranda III and assisted by Master Educators Tara Tydingco and Melanie Torre.  Miranda opened the course, thanking the participants for their attendance, in the first of five weekly collaborations.  He acknowledged the challenges all federations currently face with the COVID-19 pandemic and asked them to be steadfast as we work together in building the Team Guam sports culture.  Thereafter, he provided the course outline, competencies, and eventual outcomes.

The first virtual Oceania Sport Education Program Management of International Sports Organizations course was hosted on Monday, June 29, 2020 on the Zoom on-line platform by the Guam National Olympic Committee OSEP Master Educators.  Nine National Federations and the Medical and Anti-Doping Commission were represented during the initial MISO course.

Module 2 presentation by RME Joey Miranda III

Like many virtually hosted events, glitches were expected, and adjustments were made.  The ninety-minute course and workshop touched on Olympic Solidarity’s Administrative Course as well as MISO Modules one and two.  Pre-recorded, closed-captioned video modules were shared by ME Dr. Michael Rabago and Miranda.  Dr. Rabago presented on the Introduction of Sports in the Pacific while Miranda covered effective meetings.

After each module presentation, the Master Educators and participants broke out into zoom rooms to discuss each topic and reflect on their strategies for the upcoming quadrennial, 2021 to 2024.  Groups discussed their National Federation’s status, preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021, improvements to their structure, procedures, and preparation in hosting their Annual General Membership meeting, as well as updating their NF Charter, or Constitution and By-Laws.

Breakout session with Group 3

After the breakout session, Oceania National Olympic Committee Secretary-General and GNOC President Ricardo Blas, joined the group providing an insight to the role that OSEP plays in the region and the importance of the MISO course as he touched up on the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Masters in Sport Organizations Management (MEMOS) program.

The Master Educators presented a summary of their group’s perspective emerging from the breakout session.  Thereafter, Tydingco provided a brief on the Governance module while Torre discussed the expectation for next week’s topic on Financial management.

Miranda closed the session wrapping up the day’s activities and provided course assignments including providing templates for their upcoming AGM, list of certified coaches and officials and current organizational structure. The next virtual session will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 via the zoom on-line application at 5:30 p.m. Guam time.    

Athlete Awareness Program highlights risk prevention at JFK High School.

Wednesday, February 27, 2020 – Tamuning, Guam

Guam National Olympic Committee’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission continued their Athlete Awareness Program at John F. Kennedy High School on February 26, 2020. Over 80 athletes from attended the presentation highlighting prevention of injury, first aid, concussion, youth development, load management, anti-doping, hydration and nutrition.

The program continues at Southern High School, George Washington High School, Okkodo High School and Simon Sanchez High School during the months of March, April and May.

JFKHS students participate in the ACL injury prevention activity

GNOC, Guam DOE kick off Athlete Awareness series at Tiyan High

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.

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.

“I still learned a lot from them,” she said.

GNOC hosts OSEP Development Coach Course

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.