The SYA course will be held in Victoria from 2-6 June 2003 and will focus on coaching sailors in Optimists, Lasers, 420s as well as Mistral and Formula boards. 30 participants are expected to benefit from the coaching, which will be provided by two of the Fédération Française de Voile head coaches, Gilles Sabin and Didier Flamme.
Although this is the first Olympic Solidarity Technical Course in the Seychelles, the SYA have previously benefited from Olympic Solidarity funding. Jonathan Barbe was awarded a Coaching Scholarship to attend Instructor Courses in Great Britain at the end of 2002 and Alan Julie has been awarded a Scholarship for Athletes - Athens 2004 following on from being a recipient of a Scholarship for Athletes - Sydney 2000.
The Fiji Yachting Association Technical Course will be held in Sauva, from 14-18 May and the focus will be a technical rules course and on the water coaching for 25 participants. Ralph Roberts from New Zealand has been appointed as the course expert. Ralph is an International Judge and will be providing rules training for both sailors and local judges. The 2003 XII South Pacific Games are taking place in Sauva at the end of June and this course will no doubt be used towards preparation for the Games.
The FYA's last Olympic Solidarity Technical Course took place in 1998 and was based on race training in Lasers and Optimists. On that occasion Michael Blackburn (AUS), the 2000 Olympic Bronze Medallist in the Laser coached the Lasers whilst Graeme Robbins (NZL) coached the Optimists.
Olympic Solidarity provides a wide range of funding and training opportunities, for technical courses, coaches' scholarships, athlete scholarships and much more in between.