Irish Sailing and Volvo Car Ireland announce the reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’, aimed at nurturing future talented Irish sailors.
At the launch this evening of the Finnegan Menton Irish Optimist National & Open Championships 2017 in Dun Laoghaire’s Royal Irish Yacht Club, Irish Sailing and Volvo Car Ireland are delighted to announce the reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ which helps develop and support our talented young sailors.
The Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’, supported by Volvo Car Ireland, identifies and develops Irish junior sailors through training and coaching, introduces them to international racing, and prepares them for the next stages of their sailing career. The programme includes coaching and training on the water, but also on-shore workshops which look at sports psychology, fitness, nutrition, and physiotherapy.
Overseeing the Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ is Irish Sailing Academy Coach Ross Killian. The Junior squads are part of the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway which aims to nurture and develop sailors along a journey of six phases, leading ultimately to international regattas and Olympic level competition.
Three classes of boats will be included in the Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ – the Optimist, Topper and Laser 4.7 classes. Squad sizes will vary and will be selected through the programme’s application process.
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