Funding available for international classes

Limited funding is available to support Australian athletes competing in ISAF International and Recognised Classes World Championships.

The grants are paid retrospectively based on Class World Championships held between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010. The purpose of the funding is to assist athletes with the cost of their World Championship campaign. Support is calculated using criteria that considers the athlete's performance and where the World Championship was held.

Other criterion that the applicant must satisfy includes being a member of a Club affiliated to a MYA and a member of their class association.

The eligible classes are any ISAF International or Recognised Class, and that class must be affiliated with Yachting Australia at the time of the event. Crews must have competed in an ISAF recognised World Championship.

Recipients of the funding during the 2008/2009 year included athletes such as Marcus Hamilton and John Harris, winners of the International Contender and International Moth classes respectively, the team of Jason Muir, Bucky Smith, Paul Wyatt and Matthew Chew, International Etchells World Champions, and Steve Brewin who was second in the International A Catamaran World Championship.

Athletes intending to apply should check their and the class' eligibility against the policy documents on the Yachting Australia website.

This policy does not apply to Olympic, Paralympic, ISAF Youth World's participation or for World Championships where the Australian representatives are contracted members of the Australian Sailing Team, or if they have already received funding, either through direct funding or class based coaching support, from Yachting Australia.

Applications for funding must be submitted to the Yachting Australia office by 7 May 2010.

For more information contact Susan Veal by phoning 02 8424 7441 or emailing susan.veal@yachting.org.au.

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