The Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Olympic Academy organized a presentation on Wednesday on how to become an effective sport administrator at national clubs and sports associations.
The presentation, staged at the National Stadium’s Conference Hall in Riffa, was presented by Canadian Dr. Don Clark, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina, in Canada.
Dr. Clark focused on the necessary skills for effective sport leadership. He noted the significance of an administrator to obtain knowledge and awareness of a set of required skills that would ensure smooth running of sports organisations.
Some of the required skills brought up at the presentation included communication and networking, financial management, planning, personal and human resources, office management, marketing, fund raising, event management and sport specific skills.
The Canadian professor also noted a number of factors that represent the key to success, such as communication, network building, who to go to for advice and financial control.
At the end of the event, the volunteers of Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s initiative to promote physical literacy were honored in appreciation to their contributions to the project.
It was the seventh visit for the Canadian expert to Bahrain, with his first being in 2005. Dr. Clark, who was granted the title Professor Emeritus from the University of Regina in 2010 following a 30-year career as a Professor, Coach, Researcher, and Administrator.
As a member of the Coaching Association of Canada he played a role in the development of Canada’s internationally recognized National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). He has delivered this program across Canada and Internationally. As a member of the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan he served as the Director of the Provincial Advanced Coaching Institute.
Dr. Clark has received recognition for his Leadership and Administrative roles in a number of National and International sport events, including Olympic Games, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, World University Games, Canada Games, and 10 Canadian Championship Events.?