Singapore Represented On 2013 Training Scholarship.
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 Singapore on the 8 week UK based training course from 2 September - 25 October 2013.
Joe Chan is the first official candidate for the 2013 Course and was identified by South African Sailings National Training Manager Rob Holden during a Level 2 Technical Course for Coaches earlier this year. After discussions between ISAF, Singapore Sailing, IOC Olympic Solidarity and the National Olympic Committee of Singapore the approval for the application was given.
Chan said of the decision, "I am deeply honoured and excited to be selected by ISAF for this training scholarship.
"This scholarship will help me in my work as head of training and development in Singapore to bring our sail training programmes in-line with best practices of more developed sailing nations and further develop the capabilities of the Singapore Sailing Federation.
"I hope to acquire the skills and knowledge to help the federation get our sail training programmes and facilities accredited by ISAF so that our national certifications can have the opportunity to be recognised by other MNAs and make Singapore a centre of excellence for sail training in this region.
"I also hope to fill gaps in my knowledge of sail training, learn from other participants and network with like-minded people from other countries to share and learn from one."
Jason Lim, Secretary General of the Singapore Sailing Federation added his thoughts on the news, "Singapore Sailing is happy and appreciative of the support from ISAF in nominating one of our staff members for this training attachment. We hope that this training will equip our candidate to use the experience and knowledge gained to strengthen and standardise the various training programmes and methods.
"Through this and the involvement of other officials from Singapore Sailing in some of ISAF's committees, we hope to play a contributing role to improve ISAF's reach to other MNAs in our continent through this partnership with ISAF and leveraging on Singapore Sailing's position as the Secretariat of the Asian Sailing Federation.
"The benefits will reach out to beyond Singapore but to a few emerging countries in Asia who have sought our assistance and advice on development of sailing in their countries. We hope to do more as we equip our officials with greater knowledge and skills."
Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager said, "I am very happy that our Member National Authority in Singapore has been successful in this application. I am looking forward to working closely with Mr Joe Chan and Jason Lim in further developing their national sail training programme in Singapore. Having met Mr Joe Chan at the 2013 ISAF Development Symposium in Oman it is clear to me that he is indeed a great choice as beneficiary for this training, his passion for the sport of sailing as well as his obvious existing knowledge on the subject of programme structures will not only help him come into the course with prior experience but will also help the others candidates on the 2013 Training Scholarship who may not have yet had exposure to these areas of sport development. I think that Singapore Sailing will benefit hugely from this programme and I for one will be there with them every step of the way to help them succeed in fulfilling their plans."
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