A distinguished crowd of sportsmen, corporate heads, HR managers, heads of public institutions and private organizations participated at this prestigious event, a first for Sri Lanka.
IAPC&M is the only approved accreditation body by the International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring (IRCM), the British Coaching and Mentoring Industry Ombudsman. Established in 2004 (as ECI, now IAPC&M to reflect its international growth), remain the only independent authority focusing on accrediting properly trained coaches, mentors and training providers.
Sri Lanka’s first Test captain Bandula Warnapura opened the session by sharing his thoughts on Sports Coaching and the role of a Coach. He noted coaching needs and methodologies have changed drastically overtime, where cricket is concerned.
Former ICC Match Referee Roshan Mahanama spoke about the importance of Honesty, Integrity, Values, Loyalty, Friendship and Discipline. He was of the opinion that the coaches/mentors should instil these in the youngsters and always ‘walk the talk’. Further, he mentioned that it is our duty to leave a better place for the future generations.
During the Rugby panel discussion moderated by Founding Director IAMCasia Dr. Charuni Senanayake, treble Sri Lanka international Duminda Silva, a professional rugby coach, basketball selector and a Fitness Trainer mentioned that personality development and soft skill development has to be integral parts of coaching.
Mahesh Senanayake, another former rugby player, lecturer and a media personal, shared outcome of effective coaching and mentoring should be creating a better individual, above all helping someone to achieve a great character.
He further stated, personally for him coaching and mentoring had helped him to a greater extent, to achieve success in his engagements in sports and career today.
Dr. Chamu de Silva, a former Kingswood College ruggerite and Chairman Tinglishtea, who is involved mainly in school level rugby, mentioned how important it is to select the correct methods of coaching according to their age in school children.