Emerging Nations Breakthrough In Weymouth
Emerging Nations Athletes Breaking Through
©Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta
Weymouth, Great Britain
Ahead of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) was conceived to offer support to developing nations.
The programme has now started to see the benefits with several athletes competing at the 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the sixth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta, in Weymouth, Great Britain.
Among the ENP athletes in Weymouth is Laser sailor Serbian Dany Stanisic
who has been sailing since he was nine years old.
Skandia Sail for Gold is Stanisic's first ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta this year. But despite his lack World Cup action he finished 16th in the only Laser race on the opening day and has the ENP to thank for his progress.
Stanisic said, "The ENP programme is helping me a lot. I had a back injury and I couldn't sail for eight months.
"I've been back in sailing for two months Perth welcomed me. And from that I started to go forward with all the training they gave me and I think it is just a great success."
He added, "I want to get the best results as possible but to get the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition is the overall goal."
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