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Jiang Jianqiang with Special Education students

This interview is available in both English and Mandarin below.

Coach Jiang Jianqiang – 中国广东省特殊教育学校


1. 你为什么决定成为一名教练/特教老师?

2. 你为什么要成为一名特教老师/执教你所从事的运动?你喜欢这项工作/运动的什么?

3. 您每周指导您的学生/团队/运动员多少次?

4. 为什么体育对你和你执教的运动员很重要?

5. 做为一名教练,在特奥的活动中,你对自己有什么了解?

6. 您能否举例说明您的学生/运动员的社交和情绪健康(自信、社会包容、压力管理)如何因您的训练而得到改善?

7. 你是如何在运动场外支持你的学生/队员融入和促进社会包容的?

8. 请描述你是如何支持你的学生/运动员在训练内外遵循健康和积极的生活方式的?

9. 在你的执教生涯中,你的执教理念发生了怎样的变化?或者从你开始参与特奥活动以来?


Coach Jiang Jianqiang – Special Education School in Guangdong Province, China

Coach Jiang Jianqiang talks about his journey to grow physical education and sport at the special education school he works at in Guangdong Province, China.

1. Why did you decide you wanted to be a coach?
I did not deliberately make this decision, but I felt that the career of a special education teacher was an unusual challenge, and I chose it.

2. Why do you coach the sport that you do? What do you like about this sport?
I wanted to lead special children to stand on bigger and better stages, so I became a special education teacher. After joining the school, I led my students to do track and field, football, roller curling and roller skating. I enjoyed this job very much, and I want to lead students to know the world has all different sports; this is why I love my job.

3. How many times per week do you coach your team/athlete?
I currently take my students to roller skating for about 1 hour every day which is about 4 times a week.

4. Why is sport important to you and the athletes you coach?
Sport is an important bridge for athletes to realize their complete personality, and it is also a tool to realize each person's individual challenges. I think PE is especially important for students with ID.

5. What have you learned about yourself as a coach, working in Special Olympics?
The most important thing I have learnt is to have a deeper understanding of equality, respect and tolerance, and to learn to manage relationships.

6. Can you give an example of how your athletes have improved their ability to work with others/teamwork, at home training habits, leadership skills, etc. and how you have encouraged them to be accountable for their own performances and training?
One of my students, Afeng, is an introverted child who was first reluctant to communicate with others and spoke quietly. He was keen on sports such as football and basketball. In years of sports training, we deliberately asked him to speak loudly, to be brave and active. After countless games, he gained confidence, was full of masculinity and became a shining star in the school.

7. Describe how you have supported your athletes to follow a healthy and active lifestyle in or outside of practice?
I support them by giving athletes applause and high-fives after all trainings, not just focusing on the outcome of the game. I ask them to fight for every effort as it is the most critical aspect.

8. Describe how you have supported your athletes to follow a healthy and active lifestyle in or outside of practice?
I helped them to develop good training habits (dress code, rigorous practice) and bring those good habits into their lives.

9. How has your coaching philosophy changed over your coaching career? Or since you started coaching in Special Olympics?
At the beginning, I cared about the progress of students, excellent results, and external judgment, but later I found that the most meaningful thing was to take more students outdoors, to the playground and to run in the sun.

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