It was a proud moment for South Africa when Luvo Manyonga lifted the silver medal after
the conclusion of Rio 2016 Long Jump; albeit only 1cm off the Olympic title the main success
was in keeping Luvo in the sport and free from his demons.
Danie Cornelius, Head of Programme TuksAthletics where Luvo is based, and his brother
Neil (Luvo’s personal coach) have played a pivotal role in keeping Luvo in the sport and on
track to achieve his potential. Luvo’s gold at this year’s London World Championships is
testament to that. Danie Cornelius will share that journey with coaches at the International
Festival of Athletics Coaching, when it return to Formia on 27-29 October.
Corneilius, will be joined by a quality line up of keynote speakers, with Danny Kerry
amongst them. Kerry, who coached Team GB Women’s hockey team to Olympic Gold at Rio
Games, will share his experiences in building and developing a team.
The Women in Coaching programme that will run throughout the 3-day conference will be
led by Lorraine Lafrenière of the Canadian Coaching Association. Lafrenière will also lead a
keynote presentation on the wider coaching theme with a “20:20 Coaching Vision”.
Martin Bingisser will present a keynote on “Our Purpose is Functional Fitness” with a
follow up practical session on the topic of strength and functional fitness. Completing the
line up of keynote presentations, the IAAF’s Günter Lange, will discuss “Endurance in Crisis”
For 2017 there will be a strong theme of practical workshops covering the event groups,
with a new follow up ‘coaching clinics.’ Where delegates have the opportunity to discuss
topics of interest, coaching problematics that will be facilitated by a panel of experts –
allowing IFAC to be more than a conference, but a place to learn, share and develop
together as coaches.
To see a detailed programme, accommodation packages and booking information please
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