Erik STIBBE, Olympic coach for the 1992 (the Netherlands), 2000 and 2004 (Australia) Games, brings a wealth of skill and experience to the NSWIS Sailing Program. Originally from Holland, Stibbe worked extensively through Europe before moving to Australia in 1997. Since then, he has worked with Australia's top Laser and Europe youth and senior sailors, achieving top three placings within these classes each year at either the World Championships or Olympic Games.
In addition to excellent coaching abilities, Stibbe has a proven track record in team management and logistics, which bodes well for his new role as NSWIS Sailing Coordinator/Coach.
Former World Champion Craig FERRIS also has extensive experience coaching at an international level both with Youth World Championships and Olympic classes. Ferris coached the Italian Olympic Team 1996-2000, and is involved with the Level 2 Coaching program for sailing.
NSWIS Chief Executive Officer Charles TURNER said the appointment of Stibbe and Ferris marked a new direction in the NSWIS Sailing Program.
'The NSWIS Sailing Program now plays a defined and critical role in the national program by supporting the daily domestic training program for elite NSW sailors.
'NSW elite athletes will have ongoing access to international standard coaching and services that will assist with meeting national targets and international success. It is a great opportunity to work closely with both the national and state sporting organisations to ensure that emerging and talented youth strive for Olympic success in the future'.
Program partners Yachting Australia and Yachting NSW have been included in the appointment process and are keen to support the two new coaches.
'By appointing two coaches dedicated to the State's high performance program, the NSW athletes will benefit greatly,' said Yachting NSW General Manager Andrew HAMILTON.
The NSW Institute of Sport is the state's elite sporting centre of excellence, striving to improve NSW representation on national teams and to assist athletes to perform at world standard. The Institute's principal partner is ClubsNSW which provides $1 million a year in sponsorship support.