The anti-doping programme in the British Virgin Islands is set to receive a boost with the introduction of new Doping Control Officers (DCOs).
The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) hosted a successful two-day Doping Control training seminar for prospective DCOs in Tortola – a first for the BVI – in association with the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC). Twelve participants engaged in both theoretical and practical sessions during the May 29th-30th seminar at the BVIOC headquarters.
Experienced RADO DCO trainer Kristy Dickenson who has worked at all levels including the Olympic Games, gave participants a ‘real-world’ experience. She says the importance of having more qualified doping control officers goes beyond simply increasing numbers and building capacity.
“As doping control officers, we also have a mandate to educate the athletes and make them aware of the doping control process, so that they can prepare themselves for international competition. So, if they are selected to go through that process, they would already be knowledgeable of what to expect.”
The attendees are now eager to continue their training with the aim of becoming fully accredited regional DCOs.
“I am very motivated. I want to support the local federation. I think I’ve have learnt a lot over the past two days. There are a lot of people who need this information; I can help educate the kids and those involved in sport,” said Joseph Valrose.
“I love athletics. I love sports. I love volunteering and being a part of a change. I am always happy to help wherever I can,” said Rosalind Leonard.
British Virgin Islands is one of the 17 Caribbean RADO member countries.