Friends and ENP participants Anna Aile, of Latvia, and Rohini Rau, of India, had to work together to rig their boats with their sails fiercely flapping in the breeze (as pictured). ENP Head Coach Arthur Brett said the RS:X and Laser sailors today were practising starts and line-ups for competition.
After an intensive practice session on the water, the sailors attended the Retravision Warriors WA versus NSW Ford Ranger Cup Match, at the WACA Ground. The ENP athletes and Head Coaches were invited guests of the Western Australian Cricket Association.
Three of the athletes, Rohini Rau, of India, Qasim Abbas Rahtore, of Pakistan and silver medallist from the RPYC Mini Series on the weekend, Serbia's Dany Stanisic, yesterday spoke to television crews about their experiences at the Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme.
This formed part of a media conference, which Perth 2011 called to announce its second Perth 2011 ENP Intensive Training Session. During this conference, the three international athletes had the opportunity to speak with Retravision Warriors Coach Tom Moody, who showed strong support for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Emerging Nations Programme.
Rau and Rahtore, from India and Pakistan respectively, come from cricket-loving nations. Rohini Rau spoke to cricket coach Tom Moody about her experiences with the sport in India. "Cricket is like a religion back home!" she said. "You guys are worshiped over there!"
Perth 2011 is grateful to the Western Australian Cricket Association for their support of the popular ENP Initiative.
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 second ENP intensive training camp are:
|Qasim Abbas Rahtore||Men's Windsurfer||Pakistan||RS:X||Male|
|Alexander Prakash||Men's Windsurfer||India||RS:X||Male|
|Alex Jones||Men's Windsurfer||Bermuda||RS:X||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||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|
|Ivana Charbonnier||Women's One Person Dinghy||Paraguay||Laser Radial||Female|
Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Championships at www.sailing.org/isafworlds.