This country must always equip its volunteers with the necessary skills to empower them to perform at the highest levels.

Chairman of the National Sports Council (NSC), Seibert Straughn, expressed this view last Saturday while speaking during the opening ceremony of a two-day training session for motor sports senior officials at Accra Beach Resort, Rockley, Christ Church.

Mr. Straughn told those gathered: "The fact that our participants in this programme are volunteers who have opted to enhance their knowledge, is especially vital. This speaks volumes about our spirit of volunteerism in sports in Barbados."

Jointly funded by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile Institute and the Barbados Motoring Federation, the training was conducted by international instructors from the regional training team of the United Kingdom’s (UK) Motor Sports Association.

Mr. Straughn said he was pleased that the international governing body continues to be supportive of Barbados’ development as a motor sporting nation, adding that the participants would benefit from the training opportunity.

He noted that the programme would conclude with the training of instructors, with two Barbadian participants being selected for advanced training in the UK later this year. "This fits well with the National Sports Council’s focus, as we have recognised that competent instructors are important to moving our sports to the next level," he stated.

The NSC’s chairman commended the Barbados Motoring Federation for seeking to enhance its capacity with additional qualified instructors.

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