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10 April 2003, 12:04 pm
Brazil Hosts Technical Course
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Olympic Solidarity

With the support of Olympic Solidarity, Brazilian Olympic Committee and ISAF, the Federacao Brasileira de Vela e Motor (FBVM) will be hosting its first Technical Course for Sailing Coaches in early May 2003.
The FBVM has secured funding from Olympic Solidarity to support it in its initiative of developing its high level coaches.

The Technical Course aims to:
- initiate a basis for the formation of sailing coaches in Brazil,
- motivate athletes/teachers in sailing to develop as coaches
- enhance the technical expertise of existing coaches
- incorporate the work developed in sports science into sailing, educating coaches in the practise of athlete training in a safe and sound way

The course is being held at the Yacht Club Rio de Janeiro with up to 20 participants permitted. Each of the eleven state sailing federations will be sending a coach and in addition there are six places specifically reserved for female participants.

The appointed course expert is James O'Callaghan (IRL), a professional coach who has worked for, amongst others, Ireland and South Africa in their Olympic campaigns.

The course is being run over five days, incorporating four full days of theoretical and practical training, with the final day dedicated to sports science.

The sports science training will focus on:
- Preventing injuries during training
- Physical preparation of the sailor
- Biomechanical aspects of sailing
- Dietary Practices for the sailor
- Pyschological Preparation
- Common Injuries to the Sailing Sport
- Anti-Doping

Olympic Solidarity provides a wide range of funding and training opportunities, for technical courses, coaches scholarships, athlete scholarships and much more in between.

The Youth, Development and Training area of the ISAF website provides full details of the opportunities available via Olympic Solidarity.

Please note that individuals cannot apply to the programmes and applications should be processed by your respective Member National Authority in conjunction with their National Olympic Committee.
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