BUTLER and ANDREASSON will compete in the Girl's 420 double handed sailing discipline, while O'DOWD will sail in the Boy's Laser Radial single handed discipline.
Winning the nomination to represent Ireland at the Youth Worlds is a two-part process. Initially sailors have to win the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) nomination series, which combines class specific Munster championships and the ISA Youth Nationals. The second criterion is the attainment of a defined international standard at pre-identified events.
James O'CALLAGHAN, ISA Performance Director, commented, "I've been involved in ISA Youth Nationals since 1992 and without doubt 2009 was the most competitive I have witnessed. Great credit goes to both teams selected today; they worked hard over the winter and produced some magnificent sailing over the two events. "
All three sailors are members of the Royal St George Yacht Club and active participants in the Club's Youth Sailing Scheme (YSS).
O'CALLAGHAN continued, "I'm excited about the potential they have to produce something special in Brazil and indeed about their long term prospects in the Olympic programme."
Further teams in the Boy's 420 double handed, Girl's Laser Radial and Hobie class may be confirmed at a later date.
As O'CALLAGHAN explained, "A couple of teams need to complete the final bit of the jigsaw to secure selection, I'm extremely optimistic we will be announcing more team members shortly!"
ISA Squad 2009
|Boy's One Person Dinghy||Laser Radial||Matthew O'DOWD|
|Girl's One Person Dinghy||Laser Radial||TBC|
|Boy's Windsurfer||RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin||Not entered|
|Girl's Windsurfer||RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin||Not entered|
|Boy's Two Person Dinghy||420||TBC|
|Girl's Two Person Dinghy||420||Jane BUTLER and Jenny ANDREASSON|
|Open Multihull||Hobie 16 with Spinnaker||TBC|
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