As part of its on-going drive to develop the natural sailing abilities of Caymanian children, the Cayman Islands Sailing Club has recruited the newest members of its Talent Identification Programme in Sailing.
The programme which started last year selects young children in Cayman with a dedicated interest in sailing, and natural ability, with a view to developing this talent further.
TIPS candidates go to the sailing club throughout the year as part of its popular and far reaching schools sailing programme.
Parents are then contacted and informed that their children have been selected. Special tuition is provided for these children to improve their sailing skills every Saturday morning in May and June, with an emphasis on learning to race, and continues in September and October 2009.
Michael Weber, sailing director, stresses the importance of the TIPS. ‘Every year our schools programme exposes hundreds of children to sailing, but without a separate programme the more talented sailors would find themselves less challenged,’ he said.
‘This is a great way to not only improve their skills but also make parents aware of opportunities for children in our youth sailing team.’
Weber noted the success of last year’s programme. ‘Graduates from last year’s TIPS are now working on more advanced skills including sailing in regattas and competing in overseas sailing events.
‘It is the first stage in what we hope is a long sailing career, which might even include an Olympic campaign.’
This year’s members are: Drew Cohen (George Town Primary School), Jahmar Dawkins (Savannah), Martin Ebanks (Prospect), Eric Greene, (Prospect), Trent Jackson (Savannah), Jacob Martinez (Savannah), Ricardo Martinez (Savannah), Alexandra Mattocks (Red Bay), Cassandra Mattocks (Red Bay), Kion Parchmant (Prospect), Reon Porter (Red Bay), Noah Rivers (Red Bay), Dejon Solomon (Red Bay), Malik Williams (Red Bay).