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ISAF Volvo Youth World Championship qualifiers at Restronguet SC

Tuesday October 17th 2000, Author: Jo Grindley, Location: United Kingdom
British sailors have just produced an excellent performance in Sydney - collecting three Gold and two Silver medals. Now it's the turn of the future of British sailing to qualify, and then compete for their country later this year in Sydney Harbour at the ISAF Volvo Youth World Sailing Championships. The qualification process will be held at Restronguet Sailing Club, Falmouth, between Friday 20th and Monday 23rd October.

The event is also a chance for Britain's youth to qualify for a place in next years Volvo RYA Youth Squad, made up of between 80-100 sailors under the age of 19 who show potential to become champions of the future. Two of the Youth Squad selectors have just returned from Sydney, Ben Ainslie bringing back a Gold Medal and Ian Walker winning his second Silver Medal at successive Olympic Games. Both Ian and Ben are products of Britain's Youth Sailing Squad and Ian will be on hand at the Trails in Falmouth to look for and guide future sailors hopefully to his level of success.

Britain's Youth sailors have already had great success this year on the international stage with five World and one European title, four Silver and three Bronze medals:

Cadet World Champions - Sam Carter and Rob Graves 420 World Champions - Christiana Bassadone and Helen Mayhew - First Females
Laser Radial World Championships - Katie Archer
Topper World Champion - Mark Heather
29er World Championships - Charlotte Odell and Susie Webber - Top Girls
29er European Champions - John Pink and Tom Weeks

Sailing is the first sport in the country to receive support for a dedicated youth development programme from Sport England, who have made an ongoing four year commitment of £1 Million per annum, with additional support from Volvo UK Ltd. At one end of the spectrum, the initiative will give Britain's youth the best introduction to sail racing at club level. At the top end, to dominate the Youth Worlds and produce new winners to go forward to the 2008 Olympics.

One of the benefits of the Youth Initiative is a new physiological programme that has been put in place for today's junior and youth sailors that will not only increase their personal fitness levels, mental agility and reduce injuries, but also allow the RYA to feed individual sailors into appropriate classes which are suitable to their projected height, weight and fitness - all based on scientific testing and findings. It is a new scheme, which has been built with the experience of the World Class Performance physiological programme, that today's Olympic Sailors have used and benefited from over the past four years. This has helped many of our current senior sailors reach fitness levels never seen before in British sailing, and a support structure, which Ian Walker has described as second to none. The youth and junior sailors of today should reap the benefits in years to come from the care and support given in the early stages of the sailing careers.

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