Tamale Marathon: The Federation’s Warning Came Late – Coach Elorm  

Autobiography of The Renowned Coach Elorm Amenakpor

Early Life.

Name: Elorm Amenakpor

Autobiography of The Renowned Coach Elorm Amenakpor. He completed the basic at the Bishop Heyman Basic School, Dzelukope, Keta. He started Keta Senior High and completed Anlo Senior High in 2007.

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I started my athletics career in 2004 in Keta Senior High School (Ketasco) but improved after moving to Anlo Senior High School (Anseco) and meeting Godwin Adukpo the 4 times Milo Marathon Champion.

After completing School in 2007, I nearly stopped athletics because there was no hope coming from anywhere for me. My Coach, Mr David Wormi continued to train and encouraged me until I got admission into the University of Education Winning in 2009

Why did I choose to be a coach?

As a young athlete growing up, it was my dream to run in the Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics Games. None of that materialised so I decided to dedicate my time and energy to train and empower the young lads to get to where I have not been.

Why I stopped running early. 

After graduating from the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), I had the opportunity to do my National Service at the Amalgamated Sports Club Department at UEW.

Work over there was very demanding considering the fact that we were hosting the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games that year. I have to combined desk works, training athletes and training myself which became very difficult for me to do so I had to chose the most important among the above 3 list responsibilities.

I decided to choose Coaching which I didn’t regret.

Challenges faced as an athlete and a Coach.

1. Little attention was/is given to Track & Field in Ghana. Athletes are not groomed but are allowed to emerge themselves.

2. Little competition for athletes. In my personal view, it is not the sole responsibility of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) to organise the competition for athletes in Ghana. Institutions and Private Sports firm can do that. Maybe we should ask the foreign-based athletes how many competitions they’ve added that was organised by the United States Athletics Federation (USAF).

We have a lot of potentials in track & field in Ghana which if they are well managed, in the next 5-10 years, Ghana would have a lot of athletes performing at the world stage and winning medals.

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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