KUCHING: Sarawak Elite Team swimmers, their parents and coaches now have a better understanding of each other and the Elite Training Swimming Programme following their first meeting recently.
In attendance were Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee who also heads the Sarawak State Sports Council, Sarawak head coach Dieung Manggang, his assistant Raymond Chang and SSC coordinator for swimming Mohd Faizal Ibrahim.
Among the objectives of the meeting were to assist parents and swimmers gain a better understanding of the programme and provide the opportunity for the coaches to acknowledge the support of the parents towards the programme.
“The Elite Programme views parental support as an essential component of a swimmer’s success.
“Without the support, contributions and efforts from you (parents), our swimmers will not be as successful as they are today. Thank you!,” said one of the coaches.
The session began with an introduction of the Elite Programme to the parents and swimmers by Ong and Faizal which also highlighted the benefits received by each group of swimmers. The coaches explained their responsibilities, expectations of the swimmers and the role that parents play within the Elite Programme in line with its long-term goal for success in Sukma 2020 and Sukma 2022.
Parents were also given the opportunity to raise questions and discuss issues during the Q & A session.
The morning was rounded up with reminders by the coaches on the importance of team spirit and the family aspect of the Elite Team.