Jay Mandarino and Matt Williams, senior facilitators for ISCP/SKATZ were out in Surrey, British Columbia, at the World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Championships which is held annually at the Cloverdale Rodeo.
Not only was Jay Mandarino competing in the Legends category (over 50 yrs.) where he placed 2nd, Jay and Matt delivered Level 1 of the International Skateboard Certification Program (ISCP)/Stance, Kicks, Axles, Transfers and Zen (SKATZ).
Monty Little, skateboard enthusiast and one of the key organizers of the freestyle event, helped arrange for them to offer their training & certification program. Jay and Matt trained 16 new instructors that weekend.
Hearing about the course prior to the weekend attracted skateboarders from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Alberta; Chile and all over Vancouver to become instructors. Even more exciting, 3 of the 16 participants were actually certified to be facilitators as well.
It was an excellent session and a first for the program as one of the instructors taking the course is autistic. He is our first autistic Level 1 certified instructor in the world. According to Jay, “He did a great job, contributed, had a positive attitude and we were all so proud of him.”
A lot of different things were covered during this training session. There was no shortage of skateboard talent or enthusiasm at this event. Everybody was pre-registered and came from all over to our course as well as to the competition. When other contestants heard about it they wanted to get their certification as well which they will have the opportunity to do next year when we return. Jay Mandarino is the President & Founder of the certification program and was the lead facilitator along with Matt Williams, senior facilitator in the organization.