INTERNATIONAL Sailing Federation (ISAF) official is in Tanzania to plan what is said to be exciting future development of the sport Rob Holden, Regional development coordinator of ISAF arrived in Tanzania for the first time on Thursday to help Tanzania Sailing Association (TSAA) develop the sport of sailing.
The Assistant Director of Sports in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Juliana Yassoda, held a meeting to welcome Holden. The National Sports Council (NSC) officials were also represented together with the TSAA.
However, the Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) who were also invited could not attend. During the meeting, a plan was put together to develop sailing across the country, starting with setting up a training scheme along guidelines set by ISAF.
This training scheme involves ISAF running International Olympic Committee (IOC) funded technical courses for coaches, empowering the coaches to run sail training to an international standard.
Holden was disappointed that TOC was not present, saying they are a vital part of the process for receiving the funding from IOC. With coordination from the ministry, he is sure that TOC will see the value of supporting this training scheme.
"Training of coaches is essential to the success of the programme but equally important is the development of a TSAA training centre which is being supported by the ministry," he said.
He said this training centre will be used to facilitate or instruct a training and the development of youth from 'learn to sail' to Olympic level.
Once this centre is fully operational, TSAA will be developing further satellite centres around the country to make sailing accessible to majority of Tanzanians. According to Holden, this process will not exclude the current sailing structures that exist in Tanzania, saying club programmes will be supported and encouraged.
Holden will also be coaching the first Tanzanian sailor to the Youth World Championship to be held in Tavira, Portugal between in July.
The visiting official is impressed with the quantity and quality of sailing waters available in Tanzania and due to this he said Tanzanian sailing should expect great things in the future.