The first long term ISAF Internship has started this week with Japanese Olympic Committee funded and JSAF Nominated National Sports Intern Go Hashimoto arriving in the offices here in Southampton, UK.
Over the next eight months Mr Hashimoto will spend some time with each of the Departments within the International Sailing Federation and once completed will take his experiences back to Japan where he will be producing a report to the Japan Olympic Committee who are funding this programme.
ISAF Secretary General Jerome Pels outlined the Internship by saying, "I am pleased that the Japan Sailing Federation has been able to enrol Go Hashimoto into our internship programme. It will give him a unique chance to become familiar with the work of ISAF and the World of Sailing. In return we have the opportunity to find out directly how things are done in Japan and what kind of services ISAF need to provide to its members. From experience we know that communications with the MNA that has been part of the programme improves so much as both organisations have a better understanding who is doing what in the office. And of course we have the benefit of an extra pair of hands helping us, which is very welcome in a busy Olympic Year."
Go Hashimoto, JSAF Training and Development Committee Trainer talks about his experiences leading up to the ISAF Internship opportunity, "I am here in the ISAF office from 30th of January to the 17th August as a Japan Olympic Committee funded ISAF Intern. This Internships two main points is a) learning about world standard of sailing and b) making good connections to many people in sailing like coaches, trainers and developers all over the world .I was one of the ISAF Training Scholarship candidates last year and then I was allowed to do this internship.
"I am currently working with Training and Development manager Dan Jaspers, gathering and listing each MNA's Training resources so that we can find and compare them easily. After that, I will work with each department in ISAF to get to know deeply what they are doing for world sailing and how it is working.I hope my knowledge from the ISAF Training Scholarship and this Internship will help Japan Sailing, especially in junior youth sailing after going back to Japan.
"Regarding me as a sailor, I started sailing in Optimist and I've been sailing Laser and 470 in Japan so I have some experiences as a dinghy sailor, however I don't yet have experiences and knowledge specific for yachting, race management or things like these so wish to be involved in many events during my internship and bring back some new experiences to Japan."
Having already spent 2 months in the UK at the Rockley Academy on the ISAF Training Scholarship, Go Hashimoto then spent 2 months studying at a local English School before starting at the ISAF Offices. Training and Development Manager and 2012 Internship Co-ordinator Dan Jaspers explained how this new and exciting programme would be evaluated, "As well as the many projects that Go will be involved with here at ISAF, it is important that we make regular reports to our Member JSAF and the JOC, who have both invested a great deal of time and money in this programme. We not only want Go to benefit from this experience as an individual but also for our Member Natiornal Authority in Japan to see measurable outcomes from having their Training and Development Committee Trainer here with us. The world of the International Sailing Federation is very varied and with periodic reviews of his progress we will know how this Internship will be able to benefit others in the future."
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