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28 May 2014, 08:38 am
Kiwi Sailors Named For Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Finn Croft, Kiwi Techno 293 racer
Finn Croft, Kiwi Techno 293 racer

2014 Youth Olympic Games
Nanjing, China

Yachting New Zealand is delighted to announce that three young New Zealand sailors have been selected by the New Zealand Olympic Committee to attend the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games from 16 - 28 August at Lake Jinniu, Nanjing in China.
Representing New Zealand in windsurfing and single-handed sailing the kiwi sailing team to attend the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games includes two boys and one girl.

The New Zealand sailors are:
• Alastair Gifford - Boy's single-handed class, Byte CII
15 years old from the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, Picton
• Finn Croft - Boy's windsurfer- class, Techno 293
16 years old from Manly Sailing Club and Takapuna Boating Club, Auckland
• Coral Headey - Girls windsurfer- class, Techno 293
15 years old from Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club, Tauranga

"These sailors are currently campaigning in youth classes and this event will provide them with a taste of what the Olympic Games are all about," says Ian Neely, YNZ Talent Development Manager. "It's a really great opportunity for them and I know they are very excited."

Just one spot per country is available and those spots were earned through results. Finn, Alastair and Coral won their country qualification spots at their Oceania Championships; held in Manly, North Shore for the Techno 293 and Brisbane for the Byte CII.

They will be supported by legendary New Zealand windsurfer and double Olympic medallist Bruce Kendall, MBE who will travel to China with the group as coach.

Neely commented, "It's fantastic that Bruce can find the time to lead the team because he has a wealth of experience in Olympic sailing and brings huge enthusiasm when coaching New Zealand's young sailors."

The sailing team will fly out of New Zealand together with the entire New Zealand team to attend the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on 12 August 2014.

Racing begins on Lake Jinniu on 18 August with registration, practice and the official opening ceremony preceding that. Finals are scheduled for 23 August although the 24th is allocated as a reserve day if required.

Click here to view the Notice of Race.

About The Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games brings 28 sports together in a unique multi-sport event for young athletes who are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in high-level sporting competitions while also engaging in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on the Olympic spirit and Olympic values, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

At the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, Ian Barrows (ISV) and Lara Vadlau (AUT) won gold on the Boys and Girls One Person Dinghy, Byte CII, whilst Mayan Rafic (ISR) and Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) took the honours in the Boys and Girls Windsurfer, Techno 293.

The same classes will be on show at the sailing event at Nanjing 2014 and will bring 100 of the finest young sailors, aged 15-16, together on Nanjing's Jinniu Lake.

For each of the four sailing events, there are seven Youth Olympic Qualification Events (YOQE). Competitors qualify their National Olympic Committee (NOC) at a YOQE, and the NOC will then select its competitor for that event by the 8 July 2014 deadline.

The seven YOQE for each event are made up of a World Championship and six Continental Qualification Events. At the Continental Qualification Events only nations within that continent will be eligible for YOG Qualification.

Full details of the qualification system including the continental quotas in English and French are available in the full qualification system document here.
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