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The 2012 ISAF Training Scholarship hosted by the Rockley International Academy in Poole, Great Britain and ISAF is very pleased to welcome representatives from Egypt, Madagascar, Mozambique, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the eight week course.

The 2012 Scholarship candidates are:

  • Graham Numa – Papua New Guinea
  • Yousuf Al Bastaki – UAE
  • Sulueti Dimanaleba Rauqeuqe (Lewa) – Fiji
  • Alberto Helio Darosa – Mozambique
  • Ahmed Samir – Egypt
  • Julia Caroline Shaw – Vietnam
  • Brice Jacobsen Andrianirina – Madagascar

“The ISAF Training Scholarship first took place in 2010 and since then 17 Candidates have participated in the programme,” commented Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager. “This is 11% of the ISAF Member National Authorities and we are delighted to see these countries making use of the IOC Olympic Solidarity funding that makes this course possible. The benefits that a well-trained National Training Manager or Co-ordinator bring to their country are important to the future of the sport of sailing and we are sure all the candidates will make the most of all the opportunities available to them over the next eight weeks.”

Brice Jacobson Andrianirina, President of the National Sailing Federation in Madagascar received the news of his acceptance onto the course only days ago, “Participating in the ISAF Scholarship is helpful to my country as well as coaches in the coming years. The training here is unique and challenging. Thousands of thanks to ISAF for accepting my application to allow me to become the first Malagasy ISAF Recognized Coach. Thanks also to Madagascar NOC President Siteny Randrinasoloniaiko and our NOC Secretary General.”

Graham Numa, National Coach for Papua New Guinea says of his first experiences of the Scholarship, “I am excited to attend the ISAF Training Scholarship. Papua New Guinea will be hosting the Pacific Games in 2015 and the ISAF Scholarship is a great opportunity to begin the process of hosting a successful event. As the National Sailing Coach of the PNG team, this scholarship will definitely prepare me better in assisting PNG, as a whole, to deliver a better training program including training young coaches for our future development programs. There are a few people who made the scholarship possible especially the President of PNGYBA, Leigh Ramsdale, Vice President – Tamzin Wardley, The Secretary General of PNGSFOC, Auvita Rapila and Captain Sail RPYC – Andre Fonte and ISAF, who all understood and agreed that attending this scholarship was a step in the right direction.”

Yousuf Al Bastaki from the United Arab Emirates tells us what this means to the UAE, “It’s a great pleasure to be part of the ISAF Training Scholarship. I would like to thank UAE Olympic Committee, UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation and Dubai International Marina Club who gave me the chance to be part of the Training Scholarship Programme. Special thanks to Sheikh Khaled Zayed Al Nehayan and the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation and trust me in this Opportunity. The ISAF Training Scholarship is designed to give me the skills and the knowledge to create an internationally recognized national sail training programme. After getting this Scholarship I will put a plan to grow numbers of sailors in UAE and build a bigger future for sailing in the Middle East.”

Sulueti Dimanaleba Rauqeuqe (Lewa) from Fiji shares her thoughts on this exciting opportunity, “Bula (hello) to you all. The ISAF Training Scholarship will make my understanding better of trying to promote sailing in Fiji. The Scholarship will help the Fiji Yachting Association by expanding the view we have for our Future Sailors for Fiji. I would like to thank the FASNOC and the Fiji Yachting Association for sending me to UK and begin able to come back and share this experience.”

“This is my first time here in the UK,” said Alberto Helio Darosa (MOZ), “and I am very happy to be taking part on the ISAF Scholarship. Sailing in Mozambique is growing with big regattas in our country and ISAF Technical Courses for Coaches and I see this work to help sailors and to grow sport. Our federation wishes to work with ISAF and we thank the IOC, Olympic Solidarity and our National Olympic Committee for this training.”

Ahmed Samir from Egypt said, “I am very happy to be in the ISAF Training scholarship. I am really interested to come back to Egypt and apply what I have learned, to benefit not only me but all Egyptian sailors. I would like to thank the IOC , ISAF, the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee Mr Motaz Sonbol, the president of the Egyptian Sailing & Water-Ski Federation Dr Abla Zahran & the executive director Mr MOhamed Essam who all help me a lot & give me the chance to attend the course.”

Julia Caroline Shaw joins the Scholarship from Vietnam and said, “A BIG thank you to Dr Lam Quang Thanh of Vietnam’s Ministry of Sport, Nguyen Hai Duong, Ngoc Linh and Hanh of Vietnam Canoeing Rowing and Sailing Federation for including me in Vietnam’s sail sports development. Already the course is providing greater insight and inspiration than expected to help understand the way the world of sailing works and how best to align Vietnam’s priority needs. It is interesting to learn how six other developing countries address their challenges and deliver solutions to progress the sport and safety with a strong focus on realistic and achievable scenarios. Love the way, sailing’s fun and one never stops learning! Look forward to bringing the lessons learnt back to Vietnam.”

For anyone wishing to know how they or their country could benefit from this Scholarship Course please visit our website here.

Regular updates, including photographs of all course activity will be shown on our dedicated ISAF Training and Development Facebook page here and updates will be available on Twitter via @connect2sailing

For all of the programmes and initiatives that have been developed by ISAF in order to help increase global participation in the sport, please visit our dedicated training pages here or contact the ISAF Training and Development Department here.

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