The 2013 ISAF Training Scholarship has reached the halfway stage with four weeks remaining and all four candidates have been undertaking a balance of practical and theory based course modules.
For this 'half time' Scholarship news piece we have asked the 2013 Scholarship candidates themselves to speak to us about the course so far. Their video interviews are now available via both the dedicated Training and Development Facebook page video album here
and also Connect to Sailing Youtube Channel Scholarship playlist here
Joe Chan from Singapore tells us, "I expected to come here and meet people who would be able to help me in my job as Training Manager for Singapore Sailing as well as to learn 'best practices' from the Experts on the course. We want to help Singapore Sailing grow into a Centre of Excellence in the region and by ISAF accreditation of our National Sail Training Programme we can do this."
Isaac Brown from Barbados tells us, "My expectations on coming to the Scholarship were that I would be learning to better myself and facilitate our own training programmes as well as take back to Barbados an understanding of how we can inter-connect our work with those of other nations and expand into other career paths within sailing such as sail making, boat building and coaching. When I first arrived I thought I'd be told this is 'how' to do things but I've found it's not like that, it is more about taking what I need to help fit into our programme back home and make what works better for us work even better."
Vagelis Atzemian from Greece shares his thoughts with us, "I am here to exchange my ideas with the other coaches and the Experts in Sailing in order to help my federation to improve when I get home. I have noticed the challenges of our sport and I will try to engage people of all ages to join the Learn to Sail programmes and also to help the federation to find a way to attract more money so we can build a strong, long-lasting structure for the future."
Ricky Robinson from South Africa shares his views, "The programme is packed with a lot of different activities. I hope to have the Experts pass on their knowledge to me. We are at a stage in South Africa where we need to build on our existing framework and grow further, implementing the processes on a larger scale. When I get back I will be working to build up accredited sailing centres and promote sailing as a sport to the schools in our regions to help increase participation at our centres."
For anyone wishing to know how they or their country could benefit from this Scholarship Course please visit our website here
Regular updates, including photographs of all course activity will be shown on our dedicated ISAF Training and Development Facebook page here
and updates will be available on Twitter via @connect2sailing
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