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12 March 2007, 10:22 am
ISAF Helps Train Volunteer Officials For South Pacific Games
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Samoa Sailing Association News

Seventeen members of the Samoan Sailing community participated in a Race Management Clinic last weekend at the Apia Yacht Club. Funded by ISAF and the South Pacific Games Authority (SPGA), the Clinic was designed to identify key people and their roles and responsibilities concerning race management, for the South Pacific Games to be held in Samoa in August.
ISAF appointed instructor, David BROOKES (AUS), an ISAF International Race Officer and a member of the ISAF Classes Committee and ISAF Class Rule Sub-Committee, said attendees showed genuine commitment to race management, demonstrating a strong desire to deliver the ISAF worldwide standard of consistency, fairness, and quality.

'They now know what they need to achieve success for the SPG,' said BROOKES. 'I am confident they will continue to work towards their goals and, as the host nation, deliver the highest possible standard of racing,' he said.

Samoan Sailing Association (SSA) President, Nynette SASS said while the focus of the Games tends to be on the athletes, volunteers must not be forgotten.

Platform To Build On

'Essentially, it is our volunteers who will become our Sailing Officials for the Games,' said SASS. 'By hosting this clinic, we aim to give them an understanding of what is required, and a platform to build upon their skills.'

Many of the participants felt the clinic provided them with a good base understanding of how to work effectively as officials for sailing during the SPG. Participant Jordan MILROY said while initially feeling daunted about the work involved, he found the clinic to be very informative.

'I now feel much more confident about the training that needs to be carried out over the next few months,' said MILROY.

Apia Yacht Club Vice-Commodore, Raema VON REICHE, said the clinic will serve to assist Samoa in the longer term.

'Hopefully post SPG we will be left with a well skilled group of people that will be available so we can host any Oceania event in the future,' said VON REICHE. 'This will assist us tremendously and open up more international competition for our sailors.'

During his visit to Samoa, BROOKES also presented the Samoan Sailing Association with the ISAF Centenary Flag, which is now flying proudly above the Apia Yacht Club.

From 25 August-8 September, Samoa will host the 2007 South Pacific Games with racing to take place in the Laser, Laser Radial and Hobie 16 events.

Katrina Jocumsen (As Amended By ISAF). Image, David BROOKES presents the ISAF flag to Samoa Sailing Association President Nynette SASS:© Samoa Sailing Association
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