The ISAF Training and Development Department is pleased to announce that the IOC Olympic Solidarity department has agreed to fund a Training Scholarship candidate from Fiji on the eight week courses at the Rockley Academy venue in Poole, Great Britain from 3 September - 26 October 2012.
Ms. Sulueti Rauqeuqe (Lewa) was identified by the executive committee of the Fiji Yachting Association, The Savusavu Yacht Club, the Ministry of Sports and Fiji Sports Council and after discussions between ISAF, the Fiji MNA and Olympic Solidarity, the funding for this candidate was successfully allocated to the National Olympic Committee for Fiji.
The Fiji Yachting Association made this statement when asked to express their feelings on this result, "The Savusavu Yacht Club Commodore Geoff Taylor, Vice Commodore Tim Eden and the Savusavu community are ecstatic at the historic news that Lewa has won a scholarship grant to the Rockley International Academy in the UK for the 'Sports Specific Training' in sail coaching and sports development. Sailing in Fiji is an important part of our national heritage and given our surroundings Fiji should and can produce world class athletes in this Olympic Sport discipline.
The national sports governing body - the Fiji Yachting Association is also thrilled to be part of the National Sailing Development programme assisted by the IOC and developed by ISAF. Lewa is sure to be an inspiration for local sailors, especially females, as she is living proof that dedication and hard work can triumph.
The appointment of Lewa, when she returns as National Sailing Development Officer, will link together our club venues, communities and stakeholders and those we are yet to link with in this maritime nation of so much potential who have similar aims of youth empowerment, cultural and environmental pride and safety etc. These include the University of the South Pacific, Maritime School, Fiji Navy, Fiji Voyaging Society and MSAF.
Thanks to the IOC, Lynall Fisher and Lorraine Mar for their support, the Ministry of Sports, Fiji Sports Council and the executive committee of the Fiji Yachting Association. Sailing looks set for a renaissance with all of these elements now coming together."
Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager said of this latest application, "This application proves just how important visionary leadership of an MNA at executive level and the ability to develop a close working relationship with the National Olympic Committee can be. The Fiji Yachting Association has asked for our support and ISAF is answering the call. This is a truly exciting year to be involved in sport at any level and we hope that Lewa will combine all of the many learning experiences from this course to benefit many generations of Sailors upon returning home to Fiji."
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