Seven participants came to Sydney this weekend to undertake training to become a National Classifier for Yachting. They came from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. The weekend consisted of theory training, practical assessment and a brief sail on Sydney harbour in Sailability Rushcutters Bay's Salvo.
Further to the training received this weekend, the trainee classifiers must now attend a regatta to observe the competitors in action and carry out a set number of classifications each year.
This weekend workshop was only possible with the support from Project CONNECT, an Australian Sports Commission and Australian Paralympic Committee joint venture, which by name is to Create Opportunities Nationally through Networks in Education, Classification and Training. This workshop was the first of its kind run in Australia and is only the second of it's kind run by any sailing organisation in the world.
Yachting Australia are grateful to Dr Stephen WILSON, the head classifier for volunteering his time to run this weekend, Sailability Rushcutter's Bay for transport on Saturday and Sailability Dobroyd for accomodating the practical session on Sunday morning.
Any enquiries regarding classification can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be addressed by Yachting Australia's team of classifiers.