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The National Olympic Academy of Barbados organised two Technical Seminars for Coaches. Eleven women were among the forty-five coaches who attended the two seminars, in keeping with the policy of fair representation of men and women.NOA staff took part in sporting events involving primary and secondary school students, using mascots from previous Games as well as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to stimulate discussion with the children on the Olympic Movement and Olympic values.
In celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, a Youth Education and Empowerment Workshop addressed issues such as dealing with peer pressure, nutrition on a limited budget and conflict resolution. Another workshop sought to equip community leaders with strategies for improving their programmes and bringing their communities together for peaceful, entertaining activities. A Multi-Sport Rally, held under the theme “Street to Elite”, represented the NOC’s actions to promote programmes which use sport to advance social development and empower youth, women, and individuals in marginalised communities.
Olympic Week celebrations included a Fun Day for primary school pupils. Activities targeted physical and intellectual stimulation, while emphasising the Olympic value of friendship. The event, “Discover Tokyo 2020”, introduced students to aspects of Japanese culture and raised their awareness of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The NOA collaborated with the Japanese Embassy in Barbados on aspects of this event. The Japanese Ambassador to Barbados, Mr Teruhiko Shinada, was present, and Embassy staff taught the art of Origami to the children and presented a Japanese choreography of the Tokyo Olympics.
Student-athletes from various secondary schools participated in a Youth Sport Lab entitled “Learn and Transform – Sport as a Tool for Peace”, at which they were asked to identify a current issue within their school and develop a strategy for addressing it.