The board members of Guam Kayak and Canoe Federation completed the Oceania Sport Education Program’s Management in Sporting Organizations after three rigorous days of training. Day three opened with a review of the previous day’s topics on marketing, public relations, and federation governance.
Thereafter, Torre reviewed processes for module 4 on finance and budget. Open discussions were focused on incorporating a budget for the upcoming Pacific Mini Games and Micronesian Games in 2022. Torre emphasized on the importance of ensuring that all documents and transition pertaining to the finances of GKCF have been properly endorsed by the previous administration and necessary paperwork is completed with the corresponding banking institution.
The evening continued with breakout sessions on strategic planning. Miranda worked alongside GKCF President Naomi Taitingfong and the board in brainstorming possible committees that would benefit the structure of the organization as each member placed their input through the chatline. The whiteboard was administered by GKCF Vice President Kevin Balajadia as the group consolidated the tasks and pinned the departmental structure. With most board members present, department chair and vice chairs were discussed as each board member stepped up to the plate. With the structure in place, each department were assigned to a breakout room to work on their goals, tasks and timeline. Each department provided a narrative of their session and submitted their tasks. The session ended with the draft organization structural plan and time line in place for the group to finalize towards the success of the GKCF.
Torre provided the synopsis of the course as the group filled out the course evaluation form. After the review, Miranda thanked all participants and provided a positive outlook for the future of GKCF.
Day two of the Oceania Sport Education Program’s Management in Sporting Organization virtual course opened with a review of day one activities which included the introductions, hopes and concerns, and information on the Olympic movement. The assigned work were submitted by the group which included the organization chart and calendar of events for the Guam Kayak and Canoe Federation.
Melanie Torre covered the session overview touching up on modules three, marketing and public relations, and module six, federation governance. Round table discussions on marketing were bountiful as the members of the GKCF board shared information about strategies and methods to promote their events and organization such as the effective use of an organization website and social media. Thereafter, they discussed guidelines on public relations including providing event regulations for its member clubs.
Joey Miranda III shared a video on federation governance before reviewing with the members, requirements, and compliance check list of the Guam National Olympic Committee. The discussions stemmed around transfer of authority and documents, eligibility requirements, updating of the federation’s by-laws, and games protocol.
The evening closed with a wrap up of the day’s activities and preview of day three by Melanie Torre.
The Oceania Sport Education Program Guam-based Master Educators began the process of working with all member National Federations of the Guam National Olympic Committee in line with the requirements of providing the Management of International Sports Organizations course to all NF boards for the new quadrennial.
The program kicked off on Monday, March 15, 2021, with the newly elected board members of the Guam Kayak and Canoe Federation who were ushered into office in February 2021.
Day 1 activities were facilitated by OSEP Regional Master Educator Joey Miranda III and Master Educator Melanie Torre covering Modules one, two and five. The course began with the introductions and were provided a background of the Olympic movement inclusive of the IOC, ONOC, ANOC, IF and the GNOC, as well as the course outline. Torre led the group in the talking about their hopes and concerns for the course and the future of their organization. The hopes of the newly elected member’s organization were to integrate the Olympic programs into their national federation’s competition structure, elevate the focus of the paddling activities from recreational to sport competition level, and find avenues to financially support the structure of the national team, increase cultural and community relations.
The group put together their organizational structure considering the details in their registered by-laws. Thereafter, they pursued the process of creating their quadrennial competition schedule to close out Module 1.
Torre provided an insight to module 5 on event and facility management where they reviewed the process and procedures of hosting events and creating a check list to ensure the safety of its athletes, officials and patrons. A review of their high school paddling event plan was acknowledged by the MEs and will be used as a guide for other national federations looking for assistance in developing their event guidelines which incorporates COVID 19 measures.
Module 2 incorporated the intentions of the group and their strategy on communication between the executive and board members as well as how to establish the line with the respective clubs. The task at hand included incorporating a regularly scheduled meeting, ensuring the agenda is provided in a timely manner and the minutes of meeting are docketed for transparency purposes. After the discussion with the group, GKCF President Naomi Taitingfong asked her members to complete the discussions and take immediate action on the meeting protocols in a separate platform.
The day’s activities were wrapped up by Melanie Torre with a prelude to day two activities.
Almost a year after the inaugural launch of the “Athlete Awareness Program”, the partnership between GNOC and ISA continues to provide support to GDOE’s administrators, coaches, officials, and student-athletes.
GNOC’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission presented the “Return to Sport with COVID-19” virtual forum on Saturday, January 17, 2021, through the zoom platform. The event was hosted by the Interscholastic Sports Association in its continued effort to prepare its coaches officials and athletes for the upcoming season after ten months of hiatus created by the worldwide pandemic.
The virtual forum included seventy-five stakeholders.
Al Garrido, ISA acting programs director, welcomed the stakeholders and panel to the forum followed by GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez and Board Chairwoman Maria Gutierrez.
GNOC sports program coordinator Joey Miranda III moderated, a panel of health professionals, which included Medical Sports Doctors Luis Cruz, M.D. and Arania Adolphson, M.D., Physical Therapists Chris Fernandez and Dr. Ryan Claros, DPT, Nutritionists Lenora Makela, and Rosae Calvo.
The presentation included a conversation with the doctors which covered COVID-19 related guidelines for administrators, coaches, officials, and students on the protocol of returning to sport. The nutritionists provided insight into ensuring proper nutrition and eating healthy before, during, and after the competition. The physicians discussed in length the 50/30/20/10 return to sport guidelines which provided information on a safe return to sport and how to avoid injury.
Fernandez, in his closing remarks, stated that safety is a priority for returning to interscholastic athletics and acknowledged the concept and recommendations provided by the professional panel.
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“Everyone is going to be excited to return, but we just have to take those measures to make sure that we know what we’re getting into in this return to sport, we take care of our athletes and we take the steps necessary to bring them on so we can be successful, not just competitively, but successful in helping them have a good season back together, back in the competition.
With the government’s vaccination program underway, both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines on island and being distributed to front-line workers and manåmko’, there are signs that Guam may soon return to some sense of normalcy.
However, students younger than 16 cannot be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for ages 16 and up, while the Moderna equivalent is authorized only for ages 18 and above.
“We do have a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine here, with other treatments that are available at this time,” said Dr. Luis Cruz, a medical doctor. “We all have to be patient and, hopefully, by the summer or by next school year we will return back to some normalcy.”
Since the vaccine is not available for younger student-athletes, Cruz stressed the need to exercise caution. Making the distinction between low- and high-risk sports, he shared that COVID-19 testing may become a part of ISA’s safety protocols.
He said that for the higher-risk sports “we may potentially need a test to make sure that the players do not have COVID and able to transmit the virus.”
Cruz also explained that children are not usually affected by COVID-19 as badly as adults, but stressed caution.
“The majority of children are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, but the risk of potentially having severe disease is not worth it,” he said, explaining the necessity of not returning to sports haphazardly.
With the proposed Block 1 starting date a week away, Chris Fernandez, a physical therapist, and Ryan Claros, a doctor of physical therapy, stressed the importance for athletes and coaches to resume returning to sports slowly and start by focusing on building strength and conditioning. Both suggested that due to prolonged inactivity, the majority of student-athletes have been deconditioned and coaches, athletic directors, parents and athletes need to pay attention to reduce injury.
“Dr. Ryan and I are coaches and we look at it (returning to sport) from two perspectives: as a PT and as a coach,” Chris Fernandez said. “One of the questions I have as a coach is: ‘What have my athletes been doing during this time?’”
“Students have been in a sedentary lifestyle with online learning in front of their computers and not having the social structure and the daily structure of going to school and being in these normal routines,” Chris Fernandez said. “We’ve seen activity levels drop. And so, when we return to the field, on that first day of practice, we believe there is going to be a broad spectrum of fitness levels with our athletes.”
He added that that while a handful of athletes have remained physically active and have kept up with training, the vast majority have not.
“There are going to be quite a few people who are severely undertrained and deconditioned,” he said. … “Athletes may look the same, but they may have gained weight or gained fat vs. muscle.”
Chris Fernandez said, “we are going to see changes in physical abilities, for sure, and we are going to see changes in sport-specific skills – possible regression and delays.”
He recommended that coaches should take time to relearn their athletes’ capabilities, start slowly, progress slowly, pay attention to the heat and establish preventive training programs.
“We think about 10 months, it may not seem that long, but if you think of 10 months in the life of a high schooler, that’s a significant amount of time lost,” added Chris Fernandez.
Claros, who operates out of Custom Fitness in Hagåtña, explained that, when returning to sport, winning and competition should not be the priority.
“This return to sports should be for fun,” he said. “It should be for social interaction.”
Montreal, 1 January 2021 – The World Anti-Doping Agency reminds stakeholders that, effective today, the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code); the following International Standards (Standards); and, the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act (Act) have entered into force. The documents, which were subject to a two-year stakeholder consultation process, were approved on 7 November 2019 during the Agency’s World Conference on Doping in Sport that was held in Katowice, Poland.
The 2021 Code, which follows on from previous versions that entered into effect in 2004, 2009 and 2015, includes a number of important changes to global anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) around the world. It works in conjunction with the eight Standards that foster consistency among ADOs in technical areas. The Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act, which was developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee in consultation with thousands of athletes and stakeholders worldwide, is based on the 2021 Code and Standards and aims to ensure that athlete rights within anti-doping are clearly set out, accessible, and universally applicable.
WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli said: “WADA is grateful to its stakeholders worldwide, which contributed significantly to this strengthened World Anti-Doping Program that takes effect today. Beyond harmonizing and coordinating anti-doping programs worldwide, its purpose is to protect athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and to promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide. I am convinced that, by reinforcing our efforts as a united anti-doping community, this new Program will help us drive further progress for athletes and sport worldwide.”