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26 November 2009, 03:21 pm
Second Camp For Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme Underway
Perth 2011 ENP athletes (L-R) Qasim Abbas, of Pakistan, Dany Stanisic, of Serbia and Rohini Rau, of India, at the WACA Ground
Perth 2011 ENP athletes (L-R) Qasim Abbas, of Pakistan, Dany Stanisic, of Serbia and Rohini Rau, of India, at the WACA Ground

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Perth, Australia

The second Training Camp of the Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme is underway with 11 athletes in Western Australia to further their Olympic dreams.
Implemented as a world first sailing initiative in July 2009, the popular Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme is already showing promise in identifying international sailing talent, increasing these elite athletes' sailing skills and knowledge and assisting them on their way to success.

The official announcement of the second ENP Training Programme was held at the WACA Ground on Wednesday morning with ENP Head Coach Belinda Stowell and Event Director John Longley in attendance.

Also there to endorse the second ENP camp was Tom Moody, coach for Aussie cricket team Retravision Warriors. "It is fantastic to see young athletes given the opportunity to realise their potential," Moody said.

Despite this being an important Retravision Warriors squad training session in preparation for the Ford Ranger Cup Game against NSW tomorrow, players and coaching staff made time to meet with the international athletes. The ENP athletes and coaches will be attending tomorrow's cricket match as guests of the Western Australian Cricket Association.

Participants in the second intensive Emerging Nations Programme Training Session, Dany Stanisic, of Serbia, and Alexandr Denisiuc, of Moldova, have shown Perth's best that when they compete, they race to win. The international Laser sailors won silver and bronze medals respectively at the 2009 Royal Perth Yacht Club Mini Series, on the weekend.

This ENP Session, which started on Saturday and runs till 11 December 2009, is the second of seven intensive Training Programmes being held in the lead up to the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

Eleven athletes, from the developing sailing nations of Moldova, Latvia, India, Pakistan, Serbia, Malaysia, Colombia, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda, were invited to Perth as part of the second Emerging Nations Programme Intensive Training Session.

These 11 athletes are on the brink of qualifying at Olympic level, but due to limitations in their home nations have not yet reached their potential. Under the guidance of Head Coaches Belinda Stowell (AUS), 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medallist, and Arthur Brett (AUS), 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Sailing Coach these elite athletes have taken on the challenge to be the best they can be - aiming to qualify for Perth 2011 and potentially their nation for the 2012 London Olympic Games! For these athletes, the Dream Begins in Perth!

"These athletes will work hard over the next couple of weeks at gym sessions, on water training and learning about what it takes to compete against the best in the world. They will then go home and put what they have learnt into practice. Without this sort of support they have little chance of making it to the Olympic Games," said ENP Head Coach Brett.

As part of the Training Programme, the ENP athletes will be competing against Perth's best in the inaugural Emerging Nations Programme Regatta, which will be held on Bathers Bay in Fremantle on the weekend on the 5-6 December, 2009. Expect action and excitement as they compete in the famous sea breeze, the Fremantle Doctor.

The first Emerging Nations Programme Training Session, held in July-August 2009, has also proved its merit, with two of the participants of the first Training Session - Helema Williams (COK) and Peter Henry (COK), both of the Cook Islands, victorious at the recent Pacific Mini Games 2009, with respective gold and bronze medal success.

"Helema and Peter's success at the event was a great boost to all of us involved with the Emerging Nations Programme," said ENP Head Coach Stowell.

About The Emerging Nations Programme

The Emerging Nations Programme (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.

Seven ENP intensive training camps to be held in WA between July 2009 and the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December 2011. 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 athletes, sharing the knowledge and skill that has seen the pair help spearhead modern Australian Olympic sailing success.

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.

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

Event Event Country Class Gender
Qasim Abbas Rahtore Men's Windsurfer Pakistan RS:X Male
Alexander Prakash Men's Windsurfer India RS:X Male
Alex Jones Men's Windsurfer Bermuda RS:X Male
Nicolas Lozano Men's Windsurfer Colombia RS:X Male
Dany Stanisic Men's One Person Dinghy Serbia Laser Male
Alexandr Denisiuc Men's One Person Dinghy Moldova Laser Male
Nik Azizan Men's One Person Dinghy Malaysia Laser Male
Andrew Lewis Men's One Person Dinghy Trinidad and Tobago Laser Male
Anna Aile Women's One Person Dinghy Latvia Laser Radial Female
Rohini Rau Women's One Person Dinghy India Laser Radial Female
Ivana Charbonnier Women's One Person Dinghy Paraguay Laser Radial Female

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

Samantha Scott
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