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3 May 2007, 03:30 pm
Fifth Year For ISAF APP At 2007 Youth Worlds
APP sailor Luis MEIXNER
APP sailor Luis MEIXNER will be the first-ever St Lucian at the Youth Worlds

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2007
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

For the fifth year in a row ISAF's Athlete Participation Programme (APP) will assist young athletes from developing sailing nations attend the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.
Since its launch the APP has helped over 100 sailors attend the Championships, further spreading the appeal of youth sailing's premier event. Ever since its introduction in 2002, the APP has helped youngsters from developing sailing nations attend the Youth Worlds. Not only does this give them the opportunity to compete against and learn from the world's best young sailors, but they also receive training from some of the sport's most respected coaches.

This year APP grants have been awarded to 11 male and five female sailors from Argentina, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Uruguay, St Lucia and South Africa.

Maximizing The Youth Worlds Impact

The APP helps to maximize the global impact of the Youth Worlds by assisting sailors who would otherwise simply not be able to afford to attend the championship. Not only does this directly benefit the chosen sailors, but it also has a knock on effect, with the APP sailors able to return home having learned or refined techniques, drills and preparations learnt from some of the world's top coaches. St Lucia's first ever Youth Worlds representative, Laser sailor Luis MEIXNER is a perfect example. As well as being St Lucia Junior Sailor of the Year in 2006, MEIXNER is also a junior instructor for Optimist and Laser beginners at the St Lucia Yacht Club so the lessons he learns and experience he gains in Kingston will filter down into the nation's youth programme.

Paraguay is the other new nation at this year's Youth Worlds, represented by Helena YEGROS in the Laser Radial and Federico CABELLO in the Laser. Paraguay is one of the South American nations which has seen a strong growth in its Optimist programme and, with the help of the APP, the Yacht Club Ypacarai now has the opportunity to give the graduating youngsters a goal to aim at and a reason to stay in sailing with the nation's first appearance at the Youth Worlds.

Gunning For Gold

Over the years the APP sailors have also proved they are not just at the Youth Worlds to make up the numbers. During the championship they receive coaching from the renowned Jim SALTONSTALL, with many showing rapid progress over the six days of racing. Leading the APP challenge in Kingston this year will be Argentina's Laser sailor Leandro ALTOLAGUIRRE. This will be ALTOLAGUIRRE's third appearance at the Youth Worlds, having finished 21st in Poland in 2004 and then improving significantly to ninth in Great Britain last year.

ALTOLAGUIRRE's team mate Jeremy LOPEZ (ARG), will also be aiming to put in a strong performance, especially after he got to train with some of the world's top sailors at a camp held at the start of the year in Buzios, Brazil. Amongst his training partners there were Brazilian windsurfing star Ricardo SANTOS and winner of the recent Palma and Hy?res regattas Tom ASHLEY (NZL) ? both of whom are former ISAF Youth World Champions.

The Youth Worlds has consistently given the sailing world its first look at the stars of the future. Whether, like Russell COUTTS (NZL), they have gone on to lift the America's Cup, stood on the top of the Olympic podium like Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) and Siren SUNDBY (NOR), or sailed around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race like Stuart BANNATYNE (NZL), Youth World winners have gone on to excel at all pinnacles of the sport. The APP helps compliment this gathering of young talent by spreading its benefits around the world and extending the foundations for sailing's future growth.

2007 APP Sailors

Boys Girls
Name Nation Class Name Nation Class
Jeremy LOPEZ ARG RS:X Mariela SALERNO ARG Laser Radial
Leandro ALTOLAGUIRRE ARG Laser Elsa MEYERS IVB Laser Radial
James WOODS IVB Laser Adriana GARCIA COL Laser Radial
Manuel COLOM GUA Laser Isabella MAEGLI GUA Laser Radial
Federico CABELLO PAR Laser Helena YEGROS PAR Laser Radial
Gregory DOUGLAS BAR Laser
Taariq JACOBS RSA 29er
Neil MALAN RSA 29er

About The APP

The ISAF Athlete Participation Programme (APP) assists sailors from smaller, developing sailing nations ? in particular those new to the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship ? by providing financial support towards travel costs and entry fees. As well as being able to compete at the world's premier youth event, the young sailors on the APP also receiving coaching throughout the regatta from renowned British coach Jim SALTONSTALL, whose appointment is funded by the World Youth Sailing Trust.

Since 2003 the APP has enabled 9 new nations to participate at the championship; 2003 - Cook Islands and Samoa, 2004 - Cuba and Latvia, 2005 - Bahamas and El Salvador, 2006 - Barbados, and 2007 - Paraguay and St Lucia. In total the APP has assisted over 100 sailors attend the Youth Worlds. At last year's Youth Worlds in Great Britain, 19 sailors from 15 different nations on the APP contributed to a record breaking total of 281 sailors from 63 nations.

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