The Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme is not only assisting top athletes from developing sailing nations but is also providing fantastic opportunities for local sailors, including those training with the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). WAIS sailors have had the chance to participate locally in international standard regattas, such as the one held this weekend.
Further, many of the younger WAIS sailors are currently benefiting immensely from the ENP programme by participating in on and off-water training sessions, listening to motivational speakers and learning sailing tactics from two of the best in the sport - ENP Head Coaches Belinda Stowell and Arthur Brett.
About The Emerging Nations Programme
The Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) is designed to encourage and assist developing and emerging sailing nations to participate in the Olympic Sailing Competition, increase the number of participating ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and subsequently the number of competitors at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. From this World Championship, it is hoped 'emerging' talent identified during the ENP will qualify to represent their country in sailing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Seven ENP intensive training camps to be held in WA between July 2009 and the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December 2011. Acclaimed Australian Olympic sailing coach Arthur Brett and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medallist in the women's 470 class Belinda Stowell are guiding the athletes, sharing the knowledge and skill that has seen the pair help spearhead modern Australian Olympic sailing success.
Over the course of the seven ENP intensive training camps, up to 40 athletes from as many nations (not represented in any sailing discipline at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games), will be invited to Perth to improve their chances of earning a place in the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships through their involvement with the ENP.
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Emerging Nations Programme is proudly supported by the Australian Federal Government and the Western Australian State Government.
The athletes taking part in the third ENP intensive training camp are:
|Qasim Abbas Rahtore||Men's Windsurfer||Pakistan||RS:X||Male|
|Howard Chang||Men's Windsurfer||Chinese Taipei||RS:X||Male|
|Alex Zimmermann||Men's One Person Dinghy||Peru||Laser||Male|
|Nicolas Lozano||Men's Windsurfer||Colombia||RS:X||Male|
|Dany Stanisic||Men's One Person Dinghy||Serbia||Laser||Male|
|Alexandr Denisiuc||Men's One Person Dinghy||Moldova||Laser||Male|
|Nik Azizan Ashraf||Men's One Person Dinghy||Malaysia||Laser||Male|
|Andrew Lewis||Men's One Person Dinghy||Trinidad and Tobago||Laser||Male|
|Anna Aile||Women's One Person Dinghy||Latvia||Laser Radial||Female|
|Rohini Rau||Women's One Person Dinghy||India||Laser Radial||Female|
|Peter Henry||Men's One Person Dinghy||Cook Islands||Laser||Male|
Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Championships at www.sailing.org/isafworlds.