Our sailors in China for world event

Wednesday December 13, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
From left, Helene Johnson, coach Helema Williams and TeAkauo Framhein at the official opening of the World Sailing Youth Championships which started on Monday in Sanya, China. 17121215 From left, Helene Johnson, coach Helema Williams and TeAkauo Framhein at the official opening of the World Sailing Youth Championships which started on Monday in Sanya, China. 17121215

Two Cook Islanders are representing the country at the World Sailing Youth Championships which started on Monday in Sanya, China.

 

Helene Johnson from Manihiki and Rarotonga Sailing clubs and TeAkauo Framhein from the Rarotonga Sailing Club are competing in the Laser Radial Fleet at the championships.

The youngsters are accompanied by coach Helema Williams, a former national sailor who represented the country in the 2012 Olympic Games.

“We are all proud that we have such a dedicated coach to assist our youth sailors in their quest for big fleet experience in China,” Sailing Cook Islands’ Anne Tierney said in a statement.

Johnson and Framhein will be joined by three other sailors from the Pacific at the championships. They are Maria Gay from Samoa, Viliame Taylor from Fiji and TeAriki Numa from Papua New Guinea.

“These sailors have all known each other and competed since 2015 in Fiji at the World Sailing Youth Emerging Nations Programme,” Tierney said.

“The age group for this competition is U19 so there a couple of years to be able to build up strength, techniques and tactics towards a best performance – improving each race and each year is the personal aim for our sailors.”

Coach Williams has been training the young sailors for three months, piling heaps onto their standard training sessions.

The strenuous preparation also included gym sessions three times weekly and yoga, plus on-water training.

Sailing Cook Islands president John Gemmell, their families, the sailing family of the Cook Islands, supporters and sponsors of sailing are delighted to see these talented young sailors spread their wings into a very challenging competition which stars the best U19 sailors from each of 51 countries.

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