Kandakai Awarded Olympic Scholarship

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Olympic Solidarity has awarded a 7-week scholarship in “Tennis Science” to the Technical Director of Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Coach Alfred Kandakai.The scholarship was offered to Coach Kandakai owing to recommendation from the LTF and the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) as the only Level 2 International Tennis Federation (ITF) certified coach in the country.The specialized tennis training will be held at the Centro de Tenis Altur/Alvarino in Valencia, Spain from 7th September to 25th October.The training will provide him experience and knowledge to serve in other areas in the structures of the sport’s development.Olympic Solidarity will provide a return travel cost, boarding and lodging (meals and laundry only) and pocket money of US$100 per week.Some of the items, which will not be covered, are the scholarship holder’s personal sports equipment and extras such as telephone calls, amongst others.In an exclusive interview with Coach Kandakai yesterday, he disclosed that he would depart the country on Monday for La Cote d’Ivoire to obtain the visa and thereafter fly from the Abidjan to Spain.He expressed thanks and appreciation to the LTF and the LNOC for the recommendations and IOC for the scholarship.“I am happy to go and increase my knowledge and experience and come back to impact the lives of others,” Coach Kandakai said.He also thanked Mr. Stefana Eleno of the EU for the purchase of his ticket and Tani Hana of the Oceano Casino at the Mamba Point Hotel for U$1,000 for sponsoring his trip to La Cote d’Ivoire.Coach Kandakai, 41, has been with the LTF for over 18 years.Besides providing volunteer training to kids and the aged, he also has extra classes for interested individuals in and around the Monrovia.As a tennis coach and trainer, he nurtured his son, Saah Kandakai, who is currently in the USA – the top single male player for the Trenton High School.LNOC Secretary General Joseph F. Willie, said the LNOC has also applied for technical training for tennis and taekwondo coaches for 2016.“If the two applications are accepted, the total persons to benefit from the LNOC will be 16,” Mr. Willie said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TOP SHARK EXPERT ‘DR HAMMERHEAD’ TO VISIT DONEGAL SCHOOL

first_imgA leading shark biologist and one of Discovery Channel’s famous ‘Sharkmen’ will visit Malin Head to give a shark biology workshop at Carndonagh Secondary school next Wednesday, October 1st.A basking sharkThe event is part of a Nationwide Lecture tour organised by the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group, RDS and the American Embassy in Dublin.The marine biology workshop in Carndonagh which will be delivered by Dr Klimley (AKA Dr. Hammerhead ) and the local Inishowen based Basking Shark research team will focus on encouraging students to consider science and in particular marine biology as a career choice. “Bringing Dr Klimley to Malin Head is another small step in furthering our plans to develop an internationally important Marine centre with research and education facilities at Malin head. Over the past number of years we have established an excellent working relationship with QUB and GMIT through our shark research programs and this tour highlights the significance of that research which has been undertaken on our doorstep.” said Emmett Johnston coordinator of the Inishowen based group.Each year the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group undertake a new project to raise awareness in the coastal communities around Malin head about the wider marine environment.The lecture tour is designed to establish a working relationship with Dr Klimley’s research team and develop collaborative studies which further the knowledge and conservation of shark species worldwide.Dr. Peter Klimley is a world renown shark biologist and the internationally recognised authority on Hammerhead sharks. He started his career as a fringe researcher who questioned established shark study methods and scientific thought on shark behaviour. His early work was characterised by low budget , high impact studies which broke ground in human understanding of what makes sharks tick and more important why they are aggressive under certain circumstances .“Dr. Klimley’s visit to our study site helps us to broaden the reach and significance of our work here at Malin head and further develop our reputation as one of the top study sites for cold water sharks in the world” said Donal Griffen the chief organiser of the Lecture tourThe lecture tour starts in Dublin at the RDS on Monday the 29thbefore moving to Queens University Belfast on the 30th and Carndonagh secondary School on the 1st and finally to GMIT and Galway Aquarium on the 2nd and 3rd of October.All lectures are booked out except the RDS which has a limited number of tickets left. Further information can be found on www.baskingshark.ie or www.rds.ie TOP SHARK EXPERT ‘DR HAMMERHEAD’ TO VISIT DONEGAL SCHOOL was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghdonegalDr HammerheadLectureMalin Headsharkslast_img read more