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Women's Coaching Development Update, Part 2

In the spring we announced that Adriana Ancilleri, Asema Sadykova, Kelsey McCormack, and Michelle Woogen were selected as winners of our 2023 Women’s Coaching Development scholarships.


Adrianna and Michelle took their level 1 coaching courses over the summer. You can find comments on their experiences by clicking here. Asema took her level 1 course on August 26th & 27th. Kelsey took her level 2 on November 11th & 12th. Below is what they had to say about their experiences.


Words from Asema: “I want to thank the New York Weightlifting State Organization for giving me the opportunity to take the coaching course Level 1.


I was a professional athlete for many years, competed at international competitions and won medals of various denominations. In 2023, I was lucky to be one of the recipients of the Level 1 Trainer Scholarship. I was very fortunate to be able to take the course with the very experienced instructor, Mike McKenna, at his gym. All 3 days, I was simply happy to learn so many new things, like how to train people correctly and how to behave with athletes. This was an amazing experience. Thanks to this course, I can confidently teach others. Now I work as a volunteer at a high school, teaching children weightlifting technique and how to become stronger. I get great pleasure when I see the kids enjoy weightlifting. I also help with team training sessions at Murder of Crows.


I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports me and, of course, the WSO of New York, as well as USA Weightlifting for providing such a great opportunity for people to win scholarships and learn for free, to gain knowledge and teach other people to be stronger and more confident. My hope is that we will see more talented coaches and developed weightlifters, especially among youth, in the State of New York.”


Words from Kelsey: “This weekend I took my USAW level 2 with Mike McKenna and a group of coaches looking to better their coaching career. I had an amazing experience and learned a lot about teaching progressions, spotting and correcting errors for athletes of all levels, assistance exercises to give athletes to help develop strength and speed, programming for all levels, coaching at competitions, and what it's like to be a high-level coach. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to further their coaching career and enhance their coaching eye. I am grateful for the opportunity to take this course and now to use my knowledge to help grow the sport around the area.”


Congratulations again to all four of these amazing individuals. We’re so happy to see you all progressing in your coaching journeys!

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