The ITU level 2 Technical officials Seminar took place in Weihai, China before the Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series. The seminar comprises the sessions of the theory and practice of officiating at the ITU events. The seminar provide opportunities for the candidates to update 2015 ITU competition rules and reinforce ITOs officiating skills.
Two passionate facilitators, David Hoong from Singapore and Rachel Ribo from Philippines, conducted their presentation professionally by focusing on more practical issues to share their knowledge and experience with 18 ITOs from 4 countries (China, Singapore, Malaysia and Estonia) . The facilitators adopted creative role-play in the practical sessions. The role play made participants more active in joyful mood the facilitators created
David and Rachel expressed their appreciation to participants who showed their eagerness for learning more from the facilitators and did their best in the seminar sessions. “Officiating in triathlon events is all about team work and cooperation with colleagues from different countries. So Rachel and I divided participants into 4 groups considering gender and nationalities carefully. I think it helped us communicate better with participants.” said David Hoong.
“We had good opportunities to update ITU competition rules and Event Organizer’s Manual before the Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series this weekend. We really enjoyed the seminar and learned a lot. Even if many of Chinese ITOs’ English was limited, we could manage to communicate well in group workout with other participants from other countries.” said Wang, Zhiqiang, participant from China
Ki Woo-Kyong, ASTC Development Coordinator, said “It is very meaningful for us to have Level 2 TO Seminar in Weihai to boost our sport development in China. As we all know, China with world biggest population and 2nd biggest economy in the world is speeding up the development of our sport. We are expecting more ITU events will be held in China in near future. This seminar will upgrade not only ITU events but also domestic events in China.”
Next ITU Development project is the Level 3 Technical Officials Seminar to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 13th to 15th November for the highest level TOs from both continents Asia and Oceania.