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24 February 2010, 11:30 am
Sailing Unites 24 Nations In Doha
Young sailors getting ready to go out on the water for the first time
Their was plenty of opportunity for first-time sailors to get afloat in Doha

Training and Development News

Doha Sailing Club, on behalf of the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation is hosting an ISAF Level 2 Technical Course for Coaches this week, designed to Train the Trainers of nine separate ISAF Member Nations.
This 'Trainers' Course has been sponsored by the Qatar National Olympic Committee through ISAF Member National Authority, the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation, and will provide Qatar and the other eight countries involved with uniform training methods to deliver world class youth training. The participating coaches are expected to implement these in their respective countries for better growth and results based on increased participation in sailing.

The team leading this course consists of ISAF Trainers Richard Percy and Phillipa Woods lead by ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers.
The team in Doha
130 UN Global Spots Fund Young People, 20 Team Coaches, ISAF Trainers with representatives of the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation as well as the 16 Trainers Course Candidates at the Doha Sailing Club
© Doha Sailing Club

On the first day, ISAF Vice-President Nazli Imre expressed her happiness at the large number of participating countries taking part on the course. During her speech, the ISAF Vice-President also thanked the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation President Khalifa Mohammed al Sewaidi, QSRF Secretary-General Ali Nasser Telfat and Captain AR Ashad, the Technical Advisor of the QSRF, for the Trainers Workshop.

The Coaches attending the workshop, representing 10 seperate ISAF Member Nations, include Lt Cmdr Zahid Rauf (SDecretary General of the Pakistan Sailing Federation),M.Hadi Karim (Sudan), Khalid Bettithamou, Ramin Ramadan, Ahcene Rida, Amro Yousri (all from Qatar), Kacem bin Jamia, Abdulla Abder Rahim (Bahrain), Nooman ben el Kaab (Tunisia), Norhisham bin Mat Mor, Sehril B. Abdur Razak (Malaysia), Tahar Salmane, Mohammed Ali Souker (Algeria), Abdul Hameed Morsy, Mohammed M.F. Ramadan (Egypt) and Mohammed Rajab (Libya).
Carl B. Marsh (l), Project Coordinator, Global Sport Fund, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Dan Jaspers, Training and Development Manager for ISAF
Carl B. Marsh (l), Project Coordinator, Global Sport Fund, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Dan Jaspers, Training and Development Manager for ISAF
© Doha Sailing Club

On the second day of their five-day Course, the 16 trainers were asked to prepare an introductory sailing session for 130 young people visiting Doha as part of a UN Global Sport Fund Sports Camp, with only two hours notice. The group of visitors were not expecting to go out onto the water and were very surprised and amazed that they could be accommodated in such a way. One youngster stated that "I did not realize that I could go sailing if I was not part of a club." Another explained to the instructor in his boat that "I have never felt the sea before…I had no idea that sailing was so close to the water, I love it."

Carl B. Marsh, Project Coordinator, Global Sport Fund for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was impressed, "Yesterday's event had some of the kids dreaming of sailing when they went home because their first experience was very successful. That is a big 'thank you' to you and your team of instructors."

Marsh continued, "In the Global Sport Fund, we stand ready to consider having sailing included as one of the team sports in our Sports Camps. We will collaborate whenever we take the camps to other countries to ensure some promotion of the sport can be mutually beneficial to the ISAF and the GSF."

"It was simply great meeting everyone involved with the course and appreciating the professional ways in which you go about your mission. Honest, fun-loving and hardworking to name a few attributes. Keep it up," Marsh concluded.

For more information on the U.N Global Sport Fund please visit: or

For more information on:

- how your country can apply for funding to host a Technical Course to help train your MNA Coaches or Trainers;
- to apply to have your National Training Programme accredited by ISAF; or
- to find a way to develop your National Youth Training Programme.

Please email Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager, via the link below.

Click here to contact Dan.

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