Date : 11 Jan 2019
Almaty, Kazakhstan, January 11, 2019: Female athletes in Kazakhstan were given the opportunity to learn more about the development of professional skills after ending their sports career.
The information was provided at a two-day training seminar entitled “UNESCO Funshop: Women Athletes Career Transition” organised by Kazakhstan NOC in cooperation with UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office.
The informal working title was “Girls’ Power” and the programme was aimed at active female athletes or those who had already finished their sports career and were preparing to change their lifestyle in the workplace.
It was the first project of its kind in Kazakhstan and attracted the interest of more than 30 female athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports. They included Dariga Shakim (boxing), Zhanbota Aldabergenova and Zhibek Arapbayeva (aerial skiing), Kristina Tynybaeva (synchro swimming) and Marina Pikalova (handball).
The themes included communication skills, self-presentation, career guidance, financial literacy and disclosure of their creative abilities through innovative approach.
In addition to the theoretical part, athletes immediately tried to apply their knowledge in practice. Representatives of NOC Kazakhstan also provided details of further education in the framework of IOC Olympic Solidarity international programmes.
“Currently, the international sports community puts special attention on the issue of gender equality and also on the development of an athlete’s life skills on completion of their sports career, as well as providing assistance,” said Alimzhan Akayev, Director of International Relations Department of NOC Kazakhstan.
“NOC Kazakhstan supports all initiatives in this direction and our seminar is the first such project. We appreciate that UNESCO has supported us and we are confident that we will continue our active work to ensure that our athletes feel comfortable not only while performing in the sports arena but also after completing their professional career.”
The seminar took place on December 13-14 in Almaty.
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