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Sensitising athletes to drugs

In their quest to promote healthy lifestyle practices and positive choices, staff of the National Council on Substance Abuse will sensitise 30 athletes on the effects and consequences associated with drug use in sports, on January 26.

Through the SPORTS — Not Drugs Athlete Workshop — the Ministry of Youth’s National Sport Programme, participants who range in age from 13 to 20, will receive information on decision-making skills and ways to use facts to make healthy choices; and learn the health effects of drug use on sport performance. They will also learn about this country’s policy on doping in sport and anti-doping regulations, as well as gain knowledge about the principles of “fair play” in sport.

NCSA’s Programme Officer, Paulavette Atkinson said: “Maintaining drug-free sport in Barbados is an ongoing effort which is of paramount importance. It is, therefore, hoped that through continuous drug prevention education targeting athletes and sport personnel at all levels, the NCSA will contribute to this national effort and by extension promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles.”

Atkinson explained that this workshop would comprise phase two of the SPORTS — Not Drugs Programme which was initiated in 2008 by the NCSA, in partnership with the Barbados Olympic Association, the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation and the National Sports Council. It involves national and local coaches, sports administrators and physical education teachers.

The final workshop will focus on a combination of approaches to engage participants. These include drug education presentations, talks and discussions, drama and role play and interactive physical exercises.

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