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4 July 2011, 12:01 pm
Japan To 'Go' Ahead With ISAF Training Scholarship
Go Hashimoto
Go Hashimoto

Japanese Sailing Federation

ISAF is very pleased to announce that the National Olympic Training Committee of Japan has agreed to fund a Training Scholarship candidate, Go Hashimoto, on this years Training Scholarship Course at the Rockley Academy from the 5 September - 28 October 2011.
Mr Hashimoto was identified by the Japan Sailing Federation as a suitable candidate and after months of discussions with JSAF and a meeting between ISAF, and Mr Toshio Yamada and Kay Matsuoka of the Japanese Olympic Training Committee , the proposal received the go ahead.

As a sailor Go Hashimoto has been involved with many international regattas and has also worked with JSAF on the Junior Youth Steering Committee as well as being the Captain of his University Sailing team throughout studying for his Majors Degree in English Literature and Communication.

"I am greatly honoured to participate in the 2011 ISAF Training Scholarship," said Hashimoto. "I thank all of the members of JSAF, ISAF and Rockley International for this wonderful opportunity."

Go Hashimoto, like all of the Training Scholarship candidates before him, has a very clear vision of how he wants to use this course to develop sail training at home and with the life changing events of recent months clearly at the top of his mind, Go shares his thoughts, "I want to learn many advanced ideas and techniques for sailing at this training and feel it will bring hopes for sailing in Japan especially after the tragic earthquake and tsunami. I am sure that it will be the greatest experience I will ever have and am really looking forward to being in Poole, UK this September."

When asked why JSAF had decided that the eight week ISAF Training Scholarship was chosen, the President of JSAF, MR Hirobumi Kawano said, "Japan Sailing Federation is greatly honoured to have our candidate Go Hashimoto to participate in the ISAF Training Scholarship. We believe his experience at the Rockley Academy will be a great wealth to the Japanese sailing community."

As with many other ISAF Member National Authorities building a foundation of sailing is key to the 'legacy' that is so often talked about. JSAF has focussed its efforts very much with this in mind. Kawano continued, "As JSAF strongly emphasises its objective to 'Promote and Strengthen Athletes for Next Generations', the ISAF Training Scholarship is especially a perfect place for us to learn and incorporate the international standards and shall be our new foundation for Japanese youth development programmes. I express my deepest appreciation to ISAF for this great opportunity."

For anyone wishing to know how they or their MNA could benefit from this course please visit our website here. Places are limited to a maximum of six Candidates per course.

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.

For more information on the Rockley Academy please visit their site here.
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