Accomplished athlete turned running coach, Liz McColgan MBE is now on a mission to inspire the next generation of coaches here in Doha.
Having enjoyed a remarkable career, rewarded with numerous titles, medals and trophies, Liz McColgan now introduces the youth of Qatar to the benefits and joys of running.
Liz recently visited Doha College (DC) 6th form students who study for a BTEC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science delivered by LLS, the UK leader in sports industry qualifications. She delivered a highly impactful talk, where she highlighted what it takes to make it as a successful athlete, and what she appreciated most in her own coaches. She also famously coached herself for a large part of her career, and her daughter Eilish on her own path to success.
What Makes a Successful Sports Person
In a captivating recount of what makes a successful sports person, Liz emphasized the importance of determination, self-reliance and visualisation of success, all illustrated with her personal experiences, admitting that luck – or lack thereof – still has a part to play.
Particularly relevant to the DC students, she identified a three-directional approach of an ‘athlete-driven, coach-led, science-supported’ training, and recognised the huge strides made in the science of running during the time elapsed since the beginning of her career.
Liz has strong ties with the school; she ran in the 2016 edition of the Doha College 10K Race, winning the Female Masters category. She has visited the school on a number of occasions, talking to enraptured student audiences and inspiring young minds to emulate her determination and resilience.
Sharing Qatar’s Commitment
Doha College shares Qatar’s commitment for healthy living, and instils in students an appreciation for sports in many ways: a curriculum that includes PE and swimming, (I)GCSE, A Levels in Academic PE, BTEC Sport and Exercise Science and Enhanced Curriculum Activities in a huge variety of sports, involvement in inter-school tournaments and the recently launched BISQ games, plus many fun activities like ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’, ‘Everybody Run a Mile’ or ‘DC Lifestyle Weekly Challenge’.
The LLS BTEC Sport and Exercise Science courses were introduced in Doha College last year and provide students passionate about sports with an opportunity to gain Level 3 qualifications (plus A-Levels) alongside local weekly work experience in a host of real life settings. DC students this year will have the chance to apply their newly developed skills in places such as Colombo and Madrid as part of the LLS global volunteer programme, while Year 13 graduates will be able to access paid job opportunities around the world this summer, prior to joining university.
LLS Commercial Director Marc Garnett said Qatar is committed to providing opportunities for everyone in the community to participate in sports. He thanked Liz for sharing her ‘words of wisdom’ with DC students.