As the leaves begin to change I am looking back on one of the busiest spring/summers for the Inline Certification Program (ICP) in a long time. Having worked with this program in some capacity since 1995, I can say for certain, this has been one of the most prolific and far reaching in ICP history.
Since the end of May, and May is NEARLY summer in the northern hemisphere, over 200 candidates have come through the program from the following cities/countries:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Valencia, Spain
- Burgos, Spain
- Washington, DC USA
- London, UK (2 programs!)
- Shaozing, China
- Athens, Greece
- Chongqing, China
- Pune, India (2 programs!)
- Beijing, China
- Badajoz, Spain
I have personally worked with about 100 of these ICP instructor candidates during programs in Washington, DC, Chongqing, Beijing and Badajoz. Each program I have attended I have learned something new about teaching and have been inspired by the enthusiasm for teaching and love for skating that so many of the candidates brought to each program.
No matter where I have been in the world this year for the ICP, I have encountered talented skaters who have the same goal in mind: to teach more people to skate or skate better.
Someone asked me the other day if people around the world are different. It didn’t take me but a second to answer “Not really”. While I know we have our cultural differences, when it comes to those who are skaters, people truly seem to be the same everywhere. Friendly, kind and open-minded come to mind when describing many of the people I have met this summer.
I continue to be in awe at how the ICP team world-wide is able to consistently convey the message of safe and effective skating instructor no matter what language they are speaking. This is a testimony to the certifications long history, the replicability of the program, and the strong team assembled to lead world-wide.
A huge thank you to all the examiners and coordinators who have worked hard to promote and develop this program in communities around the world. The ICP would not be growing without their continued support and expertice. It has truly been an amazing summer of international travel and skating. What a fortunate life I lead!
I am looking forward to see what will come from all the positive energy the program continues to accrue and how this energy will manifest in skating communities throughout the world this year and beyond. After 24 summers of certifications it is evident that the ICP is still going strong and truly “teaching the world to skate”.