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2002 Athlete PP

A report from the Development and Information Manager for the Events Committee


Introduction

For the first time at an ISAF event, the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games saw the provision of funding and coaching expertise to support sailors from developing sailing nations, be means of the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme.

Programme

Working in conjunction with the Federation Francaise de Voile, who provided the coaching expertise and some accommodation subsidies, ISAF committed a budget of £15,000 to helping sailors.

ISAF's focus was to provide the programme to those countries who had never before participated at the ISAF World Sailing Games and/or the Olympic Regatta, by offering five areas of support:

Accreditation Fee Waiver;

Travel Subsidy;

Accommodation Subsidy;

Pre-Event Coaching;

During Event Coaching.

In total, the programme supported 38 sailors from 12 different countries, representing five continents, with 27 male and 11 female sailors, ranging in age from 16 to 47.

Europe - 7 sailors

South America - 9 sailors

Asia - 2 sailors

Africa - 14 sailors

Oceania - 6 sailors


Of these sailors, 8 had their accreditation fee waived, 32 were granted travel subsidies, 27 were granted accommodation subsidies, 31 received pre-event coaching and 27 received during event coaching. In total, ISAF was able to assist all those sailors who applied to the programme, either in total or part of their original application.

Aside from the women's double-handed dinghy - 470 and the Women's sailboard - Bic Techno, sailors on the programme participated in all events.

The skill level of the sailors was extremely varied, with 3 of the sailors on the programme posting at least one bullet and four a second as their best result. For the Olympic events, results from the World Sailing Games received valuable rankings points, and those sailors participating in these events (single-handed dinghy men - Laser, double-handed dinghy men - 470) all considerably improved their position on the rankings.

The feedback from the Member National Authorities and sailors was extremely positive, with many of the sailors having been unlikely to attend without the funding. Many sailors had never participated at an event, where many of the world's top sailors were present. The coaching support, together with the opportunity to learn from elite level sailors, meant that many learnt and improved more during the World Sailing Games than they could ever have expected.

Breakdown of entries in the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games and the Athlete Participation Programme

Europe America Asia Oceania Africa
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Laser M - 75 42 3 8 4 10 1 2 - 13 1
Radial W - 28 15 - 4 1 3 1 4 2 2 -
470 M - 43 33 - 6 2 4 - 2 - 0 -
470 W - 32 24 - 3 - 3 - 2 - 0 -
Hobie Open - 36 19 - 6 2 2 - 4 2 5 4
Hobie Women - 16 8 - 3 - 0 - 1 - 3 4
Bic Techno M - 22 11 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 5 2
Bic Techno W -15 6 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 -
J80 - 39 23 4 7 - 2 - 4 1 3 -
J22 - 18 8 - 3 - 1 - 4 1 2 -

Conclusion

ISAF was extremely pleased with the success and benefits of the programme and the very positive impact it had on sailors and the opportunity it provided for participation.

Further consideration will now be given to provide support at future ISAF events.

The above report is extracted from a full report on the Athlete Participation Programme at the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games. This report is available from the ISAF.

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