MEET OUR NATIONAL COACH - YAHYIA ABU TABEEKH
May 31, 2020
Yahyia Abu Tabeekh is a name synonymous with Jordan Wrestling having lifted the sport to a whole new level as a competitor.
Now he is helping to nurture the next generation through as a coach.
Was it an easy decision to become a coach after such a wonderful career as a competitor?
I adore Wrestling. I could never imagine myself doing anything else but this sport. So after finishing, I decided to take a new challenge through coaching and find a new generation of wrestlers who can represent Jordan in the best way. It’s like a call to serve this sport after all it has done for me to be honest with you.
What courses and certificates have you done?
I have done courses with the Leadership Youth Centre, a coaching certificate from the International Wrestling Federation, the JOC’s NCCP Course and the CPR course at the Olympic Preparation Centre.
What challenges do you face as a coach?
The biggest challenge in Wrestling in Jordan is the lack of numbers from the young generation who practice this sport. It limits our choices as a coach, so we always try to promote this sport and encourage young people to play it. Also, we are facing challenges in holding camps and getting experience from other places outside of where we operate.
What is the difficult, being an athlete or a coach?
Being a coach is more difficult. You are responsible for more people than yourself. You have to monitor other people at all times. As an athlete I only needed to focus on myself.
How do you view the current state of Wrestling?
It’s pretty good right now. During the recent years we have achieved many Arab medals through junior and youth levels and we are looking to move that up to the Asian and Wold levels.
What is your coaching ambition?
To create a generation of wrestlers who can compete on the world level.