High Performance and Youth Director Marty WATSON is working towards the goal of more medal contenders at this year's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Weymouth, Great Britain from 13-20 July.
'Our vision is that everyone in this group will aim to have medal winning potential at the ISAF Youth World Champs, and to think beyond the YouthSail selection series. Announcing the Squad earlier allows us to focus our preparation and ultimately develop the group and gives them the skills they need with enough time to make a difference,' says WATSON.
While the 2006 Youth Team will be revealed in coming months it is likely the majority of the team to travel to Weymouth in July for the ISAF Worlds will come from this group of 30.
WATSON intends to bring the Youth Squad group together for training clinics with YNZ's Academy coaches Ian NEELY and Paul PAGE. The first two day clinic for the 2006 Youth Squad is planned for March.
'The clinic aims to further prepare this group toward the Youthsail 2006 event as part of the final stages of selection for the ISAF Youth Worlds Team,' says WATSON. 'Coaching at the clinic will be of high calibre and a must attend event for all invited squad members. Coaching will be on offer for all of the ISAF Youth Worlds disciplines.' 'This year's squad was formed primarily using results from the recent 2006 Sail Auckland event. It is the intention of Yachting New Zealand to use future Sail Auckland regatta results as the first order of selecting the squad in years to come. Youth classes were well represented at this year's event.'
'Of particular note was the rapid growth of the youth double-handed class, inline with the upcoming 420 World Championships, to be held in New Zealand. Numbers boomed this year to double that of previous years. Also perhaps a heartening sign of things to come is that over half of the participants in this class were girls.'
Yachting New Zealand will announce the selected ISAF Youth Worlds Team shortly after Youthsail 2006. Nominations in all classes will be based largely on the nomination point score in the events stated within the Nomination and Selection Guidelines for this event with exception to the Hobie 16.
In the case of the Hobie 16, and due to the rapidly growing interest and standard of skill, the final selection will be made with a consideration to the Hobie 16 division at Youthsail 2006 and not the 420 class as stated in the Nomination and Selection Guidelines.
In this case YNZ has opted to exercise its discretional ability as outlined in the same document due to the number of entries in the first Nomination Pointscore regatta for this discipline.
YNZ Youth Squad
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