An up to date schedule of the 2014 ISAF Training Scholarship Course is available via the ISAF website here.
Hiroshi Hosaka from Japan is looking ahead to 2020 when Tokyo will host the Olympic Games. "My short term goals are to establish a training and development network in Japan that will ensure we have strong entries in all classes at Toyko2020."
"The Japanese Sailing Federation is really motivated to win medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and by taking part in this Scholarship, I hope to be able to improve our development programme from zone, junior and youth squads up to the Paralympic and Olympic squads." he said.
Hosaka is also focussed on gaining as much knowledge as he can from the expert instructors. "I am really looking forward to the interchange with the Instructors. I want to lean Coaching-Styles and Skills of the ISAF Standard that I can modify to work in Japan. The mission after my return home will be to spread this knowledge to the Sailing Coaches in Japan as quickly as possible."
Zklina Litauniece joins the scholarship from Latvia. " I am proud to be selected as a participant for the ISAF Training Scholarship programme by my country's sailing federation and the NOC," she said.
"I think it is a great opportunity for a small country like Latvia to get the insight in the worlds leading organization in sports of sailing."
Litauniece's short term goal is to become a National Coach but long term she wants to help others choose coaching as a profession. "My MNA is still developing and from this course I want to bring fresh ideas and knowledge that will help us to restructure our training schemes."
Krishnan Janaka Weladagoda Parthiranage has been coaching the Sri Lankan Optimist Squad since 2011 and has already attended the ISAF Level 1 and Level 2 Technical Courses for Coaches. "I strongly believe that after this ISAF Scholarship I would be able to produce more sailing coaches in Sri Lanka." commented Parthiranage.
"In Sri Lanka we have just implemented sailing to schools, starting with two big schools in the country and we are looking foward to adding more in the future. The school project needs many more instructors and by attending this Scholarship I will have the knowledge to help train other instructors and co-ordinate all the logistics of the project."
"My final goal is to help the Yachting Association of Sri Lanka reach their goals in sailing and train youngsters who will be able to challenge the best sailors in the world." he concluded.
Hosaka, Litauniece and Parthiranage will be joined by Ming-Chi Hsu from Chinese Taipei, Elena Papazglou from Cyprus and Anastasia Chernova from Russia.
Regular updates on all ISAF Training Scholarship activity, including pictures form all of the course modules, will be available via the Training and Development Facebook page, via Twitter or YouTube
For more information about programmes and initiatives developed to help increase global participation in the sport, please visit www.sailing.org/training or contact the ISAF Training and Development Department here.