The annual FIS Leaders’ Seminar was successfully staged last weekend in Brussels (BEL) with a diverse group of more than 45 participants from 24 different nations.
During the full two days, the participants were treated to presentations and took part in active workshops on a variety of topics that will give them the tools to implement a variety of programmes back in their home countries. The main theme of this edition of the Leader’s Seminar was ‘From Good to Excellent: COC to World Cup’.
The lecturers also came from both within the ski family including Janez Flere, FIS Technical and European Cup (ladies) Coordinator, Karyn Persyn who spoke on the athlete perspective; Gagik Sargsyan, Secretary General of the Armenian Ski Association, and Claudia Casanova, Cross Country coach, who lectured about the NSAs' respectively the trainers' perspective.Lode Nolf, Secretary General of the Royal Belgian Ski Federation, gave a brief insight of the current structure of the host NSA.
The various sessions prompted lively discussions as the participants could fully learn about preparing to make the jump between the Continental Cup level and World Cup level and the many aspects involved in being full prepared for the important transition.
To open proceedings FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis updated the FIS Development Programme leaders about FIS activities since the FIS Calendar Conference in Portoroz and looked ahead to the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The Belgian Ski Association hosted their first FIS official meeting and welcomed all participants to the capital of Belgium. Their dinner invitation to a renowned typical restaurant with delicious local specialities was an ideal way to conclude the seminar sessions.
Chairman of the FIS Development Programme Working Group, Alfons Hoermann who greeted all participants to Brussels and stated at the conclusion of the Seminar: “This year’s Leader’s Seminar was very well received with a very relevant topic for the participants. We had great engagement both during the workshops and in the more informal settings and enjoyed a fruitful few days. I would like to thank the Organisers and participants for taking the time to help grow our sport.”