Invest in Coach training, says Tracy Evans US Olympic athlete

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Tracy Evans the US three-time freestyle skiing Olympic athlete understands better how to win medals in the Olympics Games given her experience and how powerful a tool of change sport can be.

Tracy Evans the three-time US Olympic athlete. (Courtesy Photo)

“You have to put in more effort in coach training if you’re to win medals in the Olympics. My country invests a lot in coaches, and that is where it all begins from. These are programs that have to be installed in sports bodies.”

The former athlete who is in Rwanda and accompanied by a delegation of American supporters, as well as highly renowned US Olympians, made the remarks during the celebration of the Olympic Day at KPI headquarters on Eid Mubarak Day at Gatagara.


Evans who is particularly keen to make sure that the children she works with benefit from the sport, in the same way, believes that using the Olympic values of Friendship, Respect, and Excellence can improve healthy living, break down barriers and helps boys and girls to learn together.

“It’s amazing for me to see what sport can do, it’s just really about getting the boys and girls to interact and getting to see the capabilities of girls, in Rwanda it’s really such a great way to do It.” says the Olympian

The large-scale celebration in Southern Province over the weekend also included: Move, Learn and Discover sporting activities for 250 youth ages 7-18, interaction by the US and Rwandan Olympians, spectating as well as grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for KPI’s Sport and Equality Center and Field of Opportunity.

Children in Gatagara were introduced to new sports games like fencing.

Felicite Rwemalika (Pictured above) The first vice president of the National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC) thanked the KPI as well as other partners the US Embassy for sponsoring the occasion and making it happen.

“Sports units all people together and improve health but it should be accompanied by education if it’s to become successful. We look forward to engaging young girls and women because is there right.” Rwemalika said

The week-long Olympic celebrations began last June Friday 25, with a number of activities that included: a friendly soccer game between US Embassy and Rwandan Olympians vs. RNOSC and US Olympians, community-wide involvement and will wind up this Tuesday with the round table panel discussion on Sports and Gender at US Ambassador’s Residence.

Marrissa Rollen the Deputy Public Affairs Officer US. The Embassy was also present during the Kids Play International Olympic Day celebrations in Gatagara.

Rollen said US Embassy was happy of this celebration and she encouraged sports bodies to empower the youth through sports coach so that they can learn a lot in sports.

The other activities that took place during the celebrations include: visiting the Kigali Memorial Centre, a football game between Rwandan and US Olympians at Nyamirambo, “Umuganda” community service, visiting schools and officially opening a stadium in Gatagara among others.  

Kids Play International program event coordinator Antoine de Kervern said that the event is aimed at engaging youth, promoting the ideals of Olympic Movement, family-friendly activities and interactive learning as well as sharing and exchange of experiences.

Over nine US Olympic celebrity athletes together with Rwandan Olympians celebrated the Olympic Day that began from June 23-27.

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