BNOC Trains Local Journalists On BLTAD & OS

The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) yesterday facilitated a half-day workshop on the Botswana Long Term Athlete Development Framework (BLTAD) and Olympic Solidarity Programmes (OS).  The media as key stakeholders in BLTAD and sport development, plays a major role in the sport psychology of an athlete and influencing the decisions of their coaches and managers. It is for this reason, that the BNOC hosted a media training workshop on BLTAD for sport journalists.

The BLTAD is a national strategic framework for increasing Botswana’s sporting excellence on the international frontier as well as a life-long participation in sport for all. It was adopted by the Botswana sport sector in 2012 from the Canadian LTAD, following suit of other leading sporting nations such as England, Scotland, America, Australia, and South Africa who have adopted the framework. The BLTAD is a framework that provides a systematic direction for conducting programs and developing athletes at all ages: from grassroots to podium and beyond. This is done through training, competition and administrative guidelines that are based on scientific and psycho-social principles of athlete development across the lifespan. 

The framework model was facilitated by Ms Jennifer Brown, a consultant on Olympic Solidarity sponsorship.

On the other hand, Ms Wedu Motswetla, Manager Support Services presented on the Olympic Solidarity programmes which are managed by the International Olympic Committee. BNOC has benefited from the various OS programmes for athletes such as former champion Amantle Montsho who was under the scholarship from 2006 until her disqualification in 2014 following her anti-doping violation. Current athletes benefitting from the sponsorship are Isaac Makwala, Nijel Amos, Pako Seribe, Kabelo Kgosiemang and Naomi Ruele. The scholarship covers training facilities, a specialized coach, regular medical and scientific assistance, accident and illness insurance, boarding and lodging costs, adequate pocket money and a fixed travel subsidy.  Olympic Solidarity also covers sports administration and technical courses for the BNOC members and the promotion of the Olympic values. Olympic Solidarity support ensures that not only are the athletes well trained, but that they have good administrators and coaches with the requisites skills to prepare them for the games.

The workshop was attended by 14 media practitioners representing local newspapers and radio and stations.

In his opening remarks, BNOC CEO Mr. Tuelo Serufho said that he was grateful that the media was supporting sport.

He said while there were some changes that have ushered in the Botswana National Sport Commission, BNOC will be represented by the President Mr. Malealea Negroes Kgosietsile and himself in the new body. However, BNOC will remain an autonomous organization responsible for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.