Historic post in cycling
Local cycling has just made history.
Just four years after entering the sport, Barbados Cycling Union’s racing secretary Livingston Headley has become the country’s first ever national commissaire after completing a course last month in Puerto Rico.
Caribbean Cycling Federation vice-president Keith Yearwood presented the certificate earlier this week after Headley gained the second-highest marks out of eight regional participants at the course.
“I would like to compliment Livy, as he just came into cycling,” said Yearwood, also president of the Barbados Cycling Union.
“But we would like the young people in cycling to grab hold of these opportunities . . . . The international commissaires go all over the world and they are treated like celebrities in terms of their accommodation and everything.”
Headley was one of 14 local officials to receive level one coaching certification recently after also completing the Barbados Olympic Association’s basic administration course.
But the commissaire certification definitely serves as the icing on the cake, as Headley can now adjudicate any local cycling event and help to officiate a regional championship, including next year’s Caribbean Cycling Championships, which will be held in Barbados.
Going to Puerto Rico a couple days before the start of the regional road race championships, Headley had to complete three days of coursework before sitting a two-hour examination.
“The course was a very intensive but we were allowed to get some experience by working the Caribbean Championships in Puerto Rico . . . . We were either put at the finish line or on motorcycles to follow the race . . . and ensure there were no infringements,” he explained.
The course was attended by candidates from Puerto Rico, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the British Virgin Islands. (JM)