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30 July 2009, 03:08 pm
Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme - Diary For Thursday 30 July 2009
Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON
Olympic champions Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON were on hand to give their advice to the ENP sailors today

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Perth, Australia

With Friday scheduled as a lay day the Emerging Nations Programme athletes were spared no concessions in the gym and on the water today, but were given additional motivation by being joined by some Olympic gold medal winning company on the Indian Ocean.
Less than a month out from the 470 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark reigning Olympic gold medallists in the 470 class Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON surprised the ENP athletes today by joining them on the waters of Fremantle for an hour session focussing on speed and awareness in tight situations.

Displaying the technical and tactical abilities that saw them claim gold in Qingdao, RECHICHI and PARKINSON inspired the ENP athletes with their boat speed and fluid movement through tacks.

ENP Coach Belinda STOWELL, who also coaches RECHICHI and PARKINSON, said the ENP athletes stood to gain a lot from training with the Olympic champions.

"Those two girls worked hard to achieve gold in Qingdao, so for the athletes to see firsthand how intensively they work when they are on the water can only be beneficial to their own development," STOWELL said.

The morning's gym session again focussed on strengthening the athletes' cores. The abdominal and oblique muscle groups were given another solid workout, with the athletes forced to concentrate on maintaining their balance while kneeling on Swiss balls and having medicine balls thrown at them.

ENP Head Coach Arthur BRETT said strengthening the athletes' cores was important in helping the Laser and Laser Radial athletes develop their hiking techniques, as well as for controlling the rigs on the RS:Xs.

"When the wind is really blowing, the RS:X rig can literally lift you off the water's surface and throw you anywhere so it is important for the RS:X guys to develop their core strength so they are determining where the board is going, not the wind," BRETT said.

"Their core strength has come a long way since they arrived but it is an area that will need ongoing improvement and strengthening to cater for the strong winds that RS:X sailing thrives in."

The two day focus on core strength continued into the early afternoon, with the Laser and Laser Radial sailors again enduring another non-stop 15 minute on land boat training session. Wednesday's land boat training had the athletes grimacing by the 10 minute mark, but not today.

"The athletes have really exerted their midsection muscle groups over the past two days," BRETT added.

"I was really impressed with their on land training today. Their techniques improved dramatically from yesterday despite their muscles starting to fatigue. They toughed it out and it is a real credit to them."

The moderate sea breeze allowed the Lasers and Laser Radials to put their hiking techniques into practice as they took their on land expertise onto the water. Coupled with their acceleration and starting speed, the dinghy sailors impressed with how well they put the past few days' theory into practice.

"We got the sailors to spend some time in race start situations as most of them don't have a great deal of competition in their home countries. We wanted to see how well they could position themselves on the start line and how quickly they could accelerate in a congested situation," STOWELL said.

After reviewing tapes from yesterday's sessions, the afternoon winds delighted the RS:X sailors with each of the three showcasing their self anointed 'speed demon' title. They relished the opportunity to plane after days of pumping in calmer conditions.

The journey back to shore at Fremantle Sailing Club will be one to remember for many of the athletes as a pod of dolphins swam alongside the group for 200 metres.

About The Emerging Nations Programme

The inaugural ENP camp, which is being held at Fremantle Sailing Club, is the first of seven ENP intensive training camps to be held in WA between July 2009 and the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December 2011.

The ENP is designed to encourage and assist developing and emerging sailing nations to participate in the Olympic Sailing Competition, increase the number of participating ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and subsequently the number of competitors at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. From this World Championship, it is hoped 'emerging' talent identified during the ENP will qualify to represent their country in sailing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Acclaimed Australian Olympic sailing coach Arthur BRETT and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medallist in the women's 470 class Belinda STOWELL are guiding the Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X athletes, sharing the knowledge and skill that has seen the pair help spearhead modern Australian Olympic sailing success.

The athletes taking part in the inaugural ENP intensive training camp are:

Event Event Country Class Gender
Hao CHANG Men's Windsurfer Chinese Taipei RS:X Male
Petr KUCERA Men's Windsurfer Czech Republic RS:X Male
Joshua CHOO Men's Windsurfer Singapore RS:X Male
Gabriel MORAN Men's One Person Dinghy Ecuador Laser Male
Alexandr DENISIUC Men's One Person Dinghy Moldova Laser Male
Peter HENRY Men's One Person Dinghy Cook Islands Laser Male
Anna AILE Women's One Person Dinghy Latvia Laser Radial Female
Natalia MONTEMAYOR Women's One Person Dinghy Mexico Laser Radial Female
Christiana OKWARA Women's One Person Dinghy Nigeria Laser Radial Female
Helema WILLIAMS Women's One Person Dinghy Cook Islands Laser Radial Female

Over the course of the seven ENP intensive training camps, up to 40 athletes from as many nations (not represented in any sailing discipline at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games), will be invited to Perth to improve their chances of earning a place in the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships through their involvement with the ENP.

The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Emerging Nations Programme is proudly supported by the Australian Federal Government and the Western Australian State Government.

Click here for further information on the Emerging Nations Programme.

Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Championships at www.sailing.org/isafworlds.

Andrew Bousfield
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