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27 July 2005, 04:58 pm
Israeli And Finnish Sailors Receive Junior Women's Support Programme Grant
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International 470 Class Association News
St. Petersburg, Russia

The International 470 Class Association earlier this year launched the Junior Women's Support Programme, consisting in a grant of 900€ for each of the two women's youngest crews (combined age of skipper and crew) competing in the Junior 470 World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Junior 470 World Championship with almost 80 crews from 19 nations taking part begins it's qualifying phase today before the final series from 30 July-2 August. The first two grants of 900€ each were given by Yalcin GURKAN (TUR), 470 International Management Committee Secretary, to Hanna SAARI and Mikaela WULFF (FIN) and to Adi GILBOA and Kanonich RAVID (ISR) during the opening ceremony held yesterday. The Junior Worlds allow competitors under 22 to take part making 15 year old RAVID a massive seven years younger than some of the other competitors.

GURKAN commented, 'It is matter of fact that young people are the future of almost everything and thus of our sports. Furthermore women are taking more and more space and visibility in almost in every sport and, according to IOC direction, in our sport women shall increase their participation. This grant is only one of the programmes that the International 470 Class Association is developing in order to help the young sailors to join the 470 family and to enjoy the competitions and friendships from all over the world.'

Alberto Predieri (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Yalcin GURKAN giving the cheque to the Israelia team of Adi GILBOA and Kanonich RAVID:©
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