BAH - RDC Director visits Bahamas
International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Director graced The Bahamas with his presence at a local track classic.
Lenford G. Levy, IAAF RDC Director and Coach, took time out of his busy schedule, coaching and IAAF regional duties to attend one of The Bahamas’ track and field events in New Providence.
“I am pleased to be here, seeing the support and turnout of athletes and supporters” said Levy at the Ninth Star Tracker’s Track Classic, which was held on February 4, 2012 at the Thomas A. Robinson stadium. “This is a great opportunity for me. I am impressed with the level of participation which reminds me so much of home (in Jamaica) where the level of participation and competition is high in our sport”
Prior to this exclusive interview, Bahamas Athletics (www.bahamasathletics.com) observed how Levy stood near the fence with intense gaze to get a closer view and feel of keen competition on the track. Of course, Levy’s visit was special, not only to the classic showdown of athletes, but also for a Lecture on a Coaches’ Clinic, which was held prior to this sporting event.
Coaching is an important segment of Levy’s career, which is dear to him as noted by the performance of four athletes; 2 males and 2 females from Puerto Rico, who also competed in the track events at the Thomas A. Robinson stadium.
The four student- athletes from the University of Puerto Rico were; Yavid Zackey, Luis Lopez, Genoiska Cancel and Yarimar Diaz. Cancel was a double champion in both the 100m and 200m female Open event. These athletes expressed how pleased they were to accompany Levy as well as to be able to compete in the track events.
With regards to the Coaches’ Clinic, the IAAF RDC Director and coach noted that the clinic was good; however, he emphasized “I see a lot of friction here (in The Bahamas among coaches) which is common, however, at the end of the day it’s all about the athlete that is important and who they are comfortable with” said Levy, whose Regional Development Center’s (RDC) office is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico and serves 32 countries in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The RDC is located on the campus of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and utilizes the university’s’ facilities, which include two (2) standard 400m synthetic tracks, which are at the RDC’s disposal for courses. Additionally, lecture rooms are available in the Gymnasium housing the Physical Education Department, approximately 200m from the athletics facilities. Accommodations are offered at an air-conditioned 32 bedroom hostel on the Campus with single beds, providing double occupancy with own bath.
Further, Levy noted that there is a problem, whereas, some coaches discourage athletes from working with other coaches, which discredits fellow coaches and is unethical.
“At the end of the day it is for the athletes to be in a comfortable environment and be able to maximize their potential. There are different ways of achieving the same results, once the basic coaching principles are followed”, he emphasized.
A graduate of the Higher Institute of Physical Culture (ISCF) in Cuba, Coach Levy has always been an avid practitioner of sports, particularly athletics. Prior to his appointment as Director of the IAAF RDC San Juan, Levy served as lecturer at G C Foster College of Physical Education & Sport in Jamaica and Sports Officer in the British Virgin Islands.
Source: Bahamas Athletics
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