Vietnamese coaches sail through first training course

IMG_0524More than 20 coaches from five coastal provinces across Vietnam have participated in the first technical sailing course in the central of province of Binh Thuan.

The Vietnam’s Level 1 Technical Course for Coaches in Sailing took place at the MANTA Sailing Training Centre.

The event was the first step in collaborative preparation for inclusion of sailing sports in Vietnam’s 2016 Asian Beach Games and 2019 Asian Games.

National sailing development was recently put on the fast track for Vietnam, with the federation being set up in 2011 and joined the International Sailing Federation last May.

The course aims to open opportunities for national training for coaches and athletes at international standards of sailing and safety.

The event presents opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to support a fleet of young athletes who train at the sailing school via company sponsorships.-VNA

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Vietnam’s first Level 1 Technical Course for Coaches in Sailing, was successfully completed December 2013, funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Solidarity, delivered by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Nominated Expert Tim Cross. The course was hosted by Vietnam’s Canoeing Rowing Sailing Federation (VCRSF), with support from Binh Thuan’s Department of Culture Sport and Tourism (BTDCST), at MANTA Sail Training Centre, with back up from MANTA coaches.
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MANTA, Vietnam’s first (and only) sailing school, was set up for conservation reasons, including adaptation to climate change with national pride and is now run by sail-trained fishermen.

Over 23 participants attended the coach course (with an increase of over 50% expected capacity), from over 5 coastal provinces across Vietnam. The course was supported with a closing presentation by Vietnam Olympic Committee’s Secretary General, on Olympic value, despite South East Asian Games in Myanmar soon after. A guiding light was also delivered by ISAF advisor for the Asian Games, from Japan.

This event was the first step in collaborative preparation for inclusion of sail sports in Vietnam’s 2016 Asian Beach Games and 2019 Asian Games. National sailing development has recently been fast track for Vietnam, with set up of the VCRSF in November 2011, joining ISAF in May 2012, opening opportunities for national training for coaches and athletes at international standards of sailing and safety. The opportunities can be extended to Vietnam businesses to support fleets of young athletes training at Vietnam’s sailing school, via company sponsorship, with every penny transparently delivered to the development campaign, which can benefit human and environmental health.

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