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7 April 2005, 02:05 pm
APP Funding For Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Cecili CARRANZA SAROLI
APP sailor Cecili CARRANZA SAROLI in Poland

ISAF Athlete Participation Programme
Busan, Korea

Sailors from all across the world will be racing in Korea for the title of Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion this July with many of them there thanks to ISAF's Athlete Participation Programme (APP) - a development programme which assists sailors with funding to participate in specific ISAF Championships.
Introduced by ISAF three years ago, the APP aims to assist athletes from developing sailing nations with Travel Costs and Entry Fees for the ISAF World Sailing Games and Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, as well as providing coaching expertise during the event. Despite being in operation for only three years, the programme has already assisted almost one hundred sailors from every continent to attend the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship and the ISAF World Sailing Games.

The programme is specifically targeted at sailors from nations new to the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship and the ISAF World Sailing Games and in this area it already has a couple of successes in 2005.

For the forthcoming Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005 in Busan, Korea, APP funding has been offered to 21 sailors from eleven nations, a significant percentage of the 200 or so who will be competing at the Championship. This includes Alyson MYERS and Thomas PHILLIPS from the Bahamas and El Salvador's 14 year old Luis Roberto RAMIREZ HENERA, who will be their countries' first ever athletes at the event. All three will be sailing in the competitive Laser events with MYERS in the new Olympic equipment, the Laser Radial, and PHILLIPS and RAMIREZ HENERA in the Laser Standard.

Spectators in Busan will also have the chance to see Peru's Tania ZIMMERMAN in the Laser Radial. ZIMMERMAN is no stranger to success in the Optimist, having won a gold medal at the IODA Team South America Championship 2003 and a silver at the IODA Team World Championship in the same year. The Championship in Korea will give the 16 year old Peruvian the perfect opportunity to show how well she has adapted to the Olympic equipment. Also making the trip to Korea will be Puerto Ricans Francisco Jose MEDINA and Daisy Marie CINTRON in the 420 and again in the 420, Ricky and Brennan ROBINSON from South Africa.

In 2004 with a budget of £15,000 the APP helped 29 sailors from 14 different nations attend the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Poland. This included bronze medal winners in the Hobie Cat Juan I MAEGLI and Jason HESS from Guatemala and MAEGLI has already confirmed he will be in Korea to defend the medal he won.

Also in Poland supported by the APP was Argentina's Cecili CARRANZA SAROLI who finished fourth in the very competitive Laser Radial fleet, just three points outside the medals, and three places above America's 2003 ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion, Paige RAILEY. On her way to that victory in 2003 RAILEY was given a tough time by another sailor supported by the APP. Croatia's Gea BARBIC won two races and had six top five finishes before being narrowly edged out of the medals by current Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion, Sarah STEYAERT (FRA).

Last year, ISAF also introduced the Long Term Funding Programme to enable developing countries to plan, prepare and participate in future Championships with the knowledge that funding would be confirmed at least a year in advance.

Thanks to the combination of long term funding and the APP the worldwide base of elite youth sailing at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship is spreading to include nations like the Bahamas and El Salvador and sailors like MAEGLI and BARBIC, a result which enriches not only major events like the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, but the sport of sailing as a whole.

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