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15 June 2012, 09:02 am
Papua New Guinea Join 2012 Training Scholarship.
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The ISAF Training and Development Department is pleased to announce that the IOC Olympic Solidarity department has agreed to fund a Training Scholarship candidate from Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Graham Numa was identified by ISAF as being a suitable candidate after having met with ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers during a visit to the Oceania Single Handed Youth Championships in Aitutaki in 2011. After lengthy discussions between ISAF, the Papua New Guinea Yachting Association, IOC Olympic Solidarity and the National Olympic Committee of Papua New Guinea, the PNGSFOC, funding for Mr Numa was allocated.

Mr Numa will participate in the eight week course at the Rockley Academy in Poole, Great Britain from 3 September to 26 October 2012.

Auvita Rapilla, Secretary General Papua New Guinea Sports Federation & Olympic Committee said of the decision, "Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee is placing equal emphasis on the development of athletes and coaches to achieve our common goals for Team Papua New Guinea on the international stage, and we are extremely grateful to IOC and ISAF for the Coaches Olympic Scholarship awarded to Graham Numa. Coaches play a vital role in the development of athletes, and we hope that this Scholarship will motivate Graham and enhance his skills and knowledge to effectively perform his role as the national coach for PNG Sailing."

Mr Numa told ISAF how this result will benefit Sailing in Papua New Guinea, "Since taking up coaching after retiring from active competition in 2000, I set myself a long term goal to one day train and develop young National sailors to be capable of representing PNG and achieving results on the International arena within 10 years. In 2005 I established a small sailing club with 4 plastic Optimist Dinghies and began teaching and training young children as young as 6 years old at my home village the art of sailing. I am proud to say that this tiny little sailing school has produced well over 100 kids who are all active sailors. I am also proud to say that 4 of the 5 sailors we are taking to the World Laser Radial Championships in Brisbane, Australia and members of the development squad are the product of this sailing club. Therefore, to be accepted by ISAF to attend the Training Scholarship at the Rockley International Academy is absolutely wonderful and a priceless gift to the development of sailing in PNG."

Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager said of this success, "When I met Graham Numa on the beach in Aitutaki where he was busy giving his team of sailors a briefing on the day ahead I noticed immediately that he had a passion for the sport, a broad and deep knowledge of the sport based on personal experience and most importantly, a fantastic rapport with the young people. As we got to speak more during my time in the Cook Islands we went on to discuss in detail the development issues facing Papua New Guinea and how ISAF could help the National Federation grow. Over the course of almost a year and with support from both the IOC and the PNG NOC we have been successful in our aims. Mr Numa will find that the 8 weeks here in the UK at our Training Academy will be only the start of the long road he must travel to make the dream he started in 2005 turn to reality. I am sure he is the right person for the role and ISAF will all be there to support him all the way."

Mr Numa explained what bigger plans lay behind his appointment, "Recently, Papua New Guinea was awarded the rights to host the 2015 Pacific Games, and this Training Scholarship is a huge boost towards PNG's preparations. The ISAF Training Scholarship will be of tremendous benefit to the sport and PNG as a whole as this will be the first ever recognised training received by Sailing PNG. This will definitely assist PNG's junior development programs enormously."

For anyone wishing to know how they or their country could benefit from this Scholarship Course please visit our website here.

Regular updates will be shown on our dedicated ISAF Training Scholarship Facebook page here.

For all of the programmes and initiatives that have been developed by ISAF in order to help increase global participation in the sport, please visit our dedicated training pages here (www.sailing.org/training) or contact the ISAF Training and Development Department here.
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