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21 August 2013, 10:36 am
South Africa To Attend 2013 Training Scholarship
Derrick 'Ricky' Robinson is the third official candidate for the 2013 Course
Derrick 'Ricky' Robinson is the third official candidate for the 2013 Course

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 South Africa on the 8 week UK based training course from 2 September - 25 October 2013.
Mr. Derrick 'Ricky' Robinson is the third official candidate for the 2013 Course and nominated for this training programme by the South African Sailing Federation (SAS), the ISAF Member National Authority for South Africa. After discussions between ISAF, IOC Olympic Solidarity and SASCOC, the National Olympic Committee of South Africa the approval for the application was finally given.

South African Sailing President Rob M'Crystal commented on the news, "The initial awareness created by our first candidate to benefit from this training back in 2010 now requires a second pair of hands to maintain the impetus locally and will enable us to provide assistance to promote the sport of sailing and to further develop the national sports infrastructure of other countries in Africa, leading to the possible formation of more ISAF MNAs and a growth of sailing in the region."

Mr M'Crystal who is also Vice-chair of the ISAF Development and Youth Committee continued, "Since having our first candidate accepted onto the programme in 2010 we have been able to develop the foundations that have led to the formation of a number of sailing schools in the country and we are now at a stage where, with the assistance of Government and NOC structures, we are beginning to promote the sport to the wider public, with a special emphasis on schools education. The 2013 Scholarship candidate, Ricky Robinson, is earmarked to support our current National Training Manager in an effort to refocus our attention as an MNA on the training and subsequent growth of coaches, sailing schools and above all the sailors."

Mr Robinson told us his thoughts of coming to the UK to benefit from the training, "To have been accepted onto the ISAF Training Scholarship is a great honour for me. This is a great opportunity for which I am very thankful. I am keen to rigorously engage with the course material, to share ideas with instructors and participants, and to transfer all that I learn back to the South African Sailing community. The Scholarship will allow me to give a greater and more effective service to sailors in my country. In the short term I hope to increase participation in sailing in my country by facilitating a comprehensive and enjoyable pathway into the sport in alignment with our MNA's Long Term Participant Development strategy. My long term goal is to assist in building a large sailing community that enables participants of all skill levels to easily access all the wonderful benefits that this sport has to offer. I am very excited for the course and looking forward to getting started."

Mr M'Crystal concluded by outlining how the support for this programme has come about, "The relationship between SAS as a National Sport Federation and our NOC has grown from strength to strength as we pursue very clear common goals, to grow participation in sport in South Africa and to achieve success at the highest levels of competition. As a federation we have benefitted greatly from the initiatives introduced by SASCOC namely the Long Term Participant Development (LTPD) and the Long Term Coach Development (LTCD) Programmes. The IOC Olympic Solidarity funding has enabled us to build the foundations on which these programmes, and in fact the future growth of sailing in South Africa is being modelled."

Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager said of this news, "This is the first time one of our MNAs has had a second successful application accepted for this programme. I am always impressed by how the South African Sailing Federation has built such a strong relationship with their NOC and as such can benefit from the financial and technical support available. I thank SAS President Rob M'Crystal for his continued vision and leadership in driving forward with the programmes that ISAF is developing for its members and am happy to have his knowledge and understanding as part of our Development and Youth Committee for the next 4 years. I am excited at what the future holds for South Africa and the rest of the region."

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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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