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31 July 2009, 11:06 am
Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme - Diary For Friday 31 July 2009
Moldova's Alex Denisuic working hard in this morning's gym session
Moldova's Alex Denisuic working hard in this morning's gym session

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Perth, Australia

With two days of solid racing ahead of them across the weekend at Fremantle Sailing Club, the Emerging Nations Programme athletes were gifted Friday afternoon off from on water training in a bid to give their bodies a much needed break from the physical demands of the past week's sailing.
ENP Coaches Arthur BRETT and Belinda STOWELL kept the group honest in the morning, however, by enlisting Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Event Director John LONGLEY's personal trainer son, Ned, to put the athletes through a moderately demanding circuit session.

Focussing on cardio endurance, Ned LONGLEY had the group running the room while carrying tyres, rope skipping, completing a testing obstacle course, boxing and doing more sit ups than you could count.

"Today's session was much lighter than the ones we have had in the past few days that have focussed on the athletes' core strength and stability," ENP Head Coach BRETT said.

"We got them boxing and skipping today to diversify their exercises and give them something new to have a go at. The past two days we have given their midsections a real work out so we wanted to move away from that today and have a programme that focused on a broader range of cardio activity."

A relaxing lunch on the grass overlooking Western Australia's iconic Cottesloe Beach was followed by athlete meetings with the ENP coaches in the afternoon. BRETT and STOWELL spent the time discussing the athletes' progress with each of them individually and gave them various targets and goals to achieve in the final two days of racing in the inaugural ENP camp.

Athletes were also advised on what measures they should put in place upon their return to their home countries and what goals they should set in the short and long term following their time with the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Emerging Nations Programme.

"Belinda and my responsibility for the development of these athletes does not end once they board their flights home," BRETT said.

"We need to be able to assist them in the future to ensure what they have learned with us over the past 10 days continues to be implemented when Belinda and I aren't there in person.

"Belinda and I requested each athlete make a commitment to themselves that they would leave this camp and continue to practice the techniques and utilise the tactics and strategies they have all learned with us, which have helped each of them dramatically improve their sailing ability and competitiveness.

"We will follow up our discussions from today on Sunday when we sit down again with the athletes and draw up specific training programmes."

The athletes will return to the waters of the Indian Ocean on Saturday for the first of two consecutive days racing alongside sailors from Fremantle Sailing Club, which will culminate on Sunday with the Emerging Nations Programme/Fremantle Sailing Club Sprint Series.

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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