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Funding from UNESCO through its Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport will ensure that Physical Education (PE) teachers and Coaches from secondary schools in Barbados will be trained in the various components of anti-doping from October 29-30, 2013 at the Barbados Olympic Centre, Wildey, St. Michael. The media is invited to cover the 2-day event which starts with an official opening at 9am on Tuesday, October 29th.
Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO), will be executing the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology & Innovation, the Barbados National Commission for UNESCO, and the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA). Addressing the participants will be Chairman of the Caribbean RADO and of the National Anti-Doping Commission, Dr. Adrian Lorde, and President of the BOA, Mr. Steve Stoute. This workshop forms part of a regional effort that included the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Lucia.
The project entitled, “Levelling the Playing Field in our Secondary Schools” aims to fill a void where there is limited anti-doping education provided to secondary school students who have the potential to be outstanding athletes, model citizens and athlete ambassadors for Barbados. It also aims to build the knowledge base of key teaching staff to debunk the prevailing myths and misconceptions about doping. The results of a questionnaire distributed in June to determine the level of awareness of anti-doping among PE teachers will also be disclosed.
Highlighting the importance of the workshop, RADO Chairman, Dr. Adrian Lorde stated that the “project introduces the concept of fair play at an earlier age and aims to build capacity among PE teachers & coaches so that they can use age-appropriate teaching tools in the classroom and on the playing field; the overarching goal is to produce clean athletes in Barbados”.
For further information & registration, please contact Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, Executive Director, Caribbean RADO at (246) 836-2715 or (246) 426-7859.