Ria Ramnarine Graduates with Honours Distinction from the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program

The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP) honored its class of 2015 in a ceremony held at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The seventh edition of the ICECP – an intensive coaching education program developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the IOC – included 33 coaches representing five continents, 33 countries and 14 sports.


Among the 33 coaches, were former World Champion boxer Ria Ramanrine and founder of the ‘Boxing Beyond the Ring’ programme. The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee congratulates Ria for achieving Honours Distinction from the ICECP programme.


“It was a life changing experience,” said Ria Ramnarine. “The ICECP programme enabled me to grow and develop as a coach and an individual. Working on my project, demanded both time and focus which was a little bit nerve wrecking. However, the experience served as an encouragement to move forward. I would like to thank Mr. Lewis, ICECP and Olympic Solidarity for providing me with this amazing opportunity. Many thanks to the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development; Ramsingh's Sports World, CSF Couriers, Bharrath Ramoutar and all those who contributed to my success in one way or the other."


In her advice to future coaches from Trinidad and Tobago who may be afforded the opportunity, “They need to dedicate 7 months towards the programme. Implementing the project takes a lot of time and requires starting your project as soon as you get back home and building a good team. In closing, she leaves these three words “Go For It!”


In the final module, participants presented the projects they completed over the course of the program – which focused on improving coaching infrastructure in their home countries. Ria’s project was the ‘Beyond the Ring’ programme which was aimed at increasing female participation in boxing. The programme extends beyond the sport of boxing to help empower women and girls through self defense and health and fitness.


The 2014-15 program included coaches from American Samoa, Austria, Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Grenada, India, Jordan, Latvia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mozambique, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Serbia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, United States and Uganda. For more information on the ICECP, visit http://www.udel.edu/icecp.


ABOUT ICECP A program of the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee, the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program aims at assisting national-level coaches in developing proficiency in the areas of sport sciences, talent identification, athlete development, safe sport, coaching education, coaching management and grass roots sport development. The intended outcome is for ICECP participants to return to their countries and serve as coaches within their respective sports, while becoming foundation builders for future coaches and athletes, and spreading Olympic spirit.