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22 July 2013, 03:00 pm
Greece Represented On 2013 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 Greece on the eight week UK based training course from 2 September - 25 October 2013.
Mr. Vagelis Atzemian is the second official candidate for the 2013 Course and nominated for this training programme by the Hellenic Sailing Federation, the ISAF Member National Authority for Greece. After discussions between ISAF, IOC Olympic Solidarity and the National Olympic Committee of Greece the approval for the application was given.

President A. Dimitrakopoulos and Hon. Gen. Secretary A. Papathanassiou of the Hellenic Sailing Federation commented on the news, "The Hellenic Sailing Federation is very content to have nominated a participant for the training. Our hope is to improve the level of sailing throughout Greece. The Federation communication and relationship with ISAF will improve because there will be valid and timely information.

"The benefits of nominating someone from our Federation are that the necessary conditions are founded, with his participation, to organize the sport of sailing in Greece in a more efficient way in order to make the sport known to the public and attract more people to sailing."

Vagelis Atzemian, Scholarship candidate added, "I am more than grateful to the Olympic Committee in Greece that made me part of their Olympic Solidarity world programme for coaches. It is a great chance for me to reinforce my coaching skills. I have always been aware of studying and improving my coaching knowledge in all possible levels.

"I will now cover a side of coaching which is completely unknown in my country and hope that after my graduation I will be able to transfer all my knowledge to our sailing environment and work to support the Hellenic (Greek) Sailing Federation as much as possible. The Greek sailing federation will benefit because I will start working with them. For me it is critical to be able to offer this help when my country has, for the last period of time been in big need of people to support her without aiming to make any profit out of it.

"My short term goals are to help my federation increase the level of coaching in Greece, to give the chance to coaches and sailors to have better prepared introduction to the sport and at last to introduce to sailing more coaches with more passion and bigger commitment. If I will succeed on that level, and after I gain some experience, I would like to offer my assistance in other countries that they are interested in following the same route. I have a strong belief that only good things will be developed after my graduation from the ISAF Training Scholarship programme."

Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager said, "The support of our Member National Authority in Greece is very important to ISAF. Having a representative from the Hellenic Sailing Federation attending the 2013 Training Scholarship will no doubt help to add value to the training. For 3 years now we have been running this programme and every year we receive applications from a diverse range of our MNAs; this year is no exception. The 8 weeks that Vagelis Atzemian will spend here on the course will seem to pass by very quickly yet the legacy from what we cover with our candidates will help the Nations that they represent leave a long-lasting legacy for the development of the sport of sailing for their country as well as globally. I look forward to building a closer relationship with the Greek delegate as well as President A. Dimitrakopoulos and Hon. Gen. Secretary A. Papathanassiou of the Greek Federation who have placed their faith in the success of our work."

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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 or contact the ISAF Training and Development Department here.
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