Future Star Camp 2014
On Saturday, September 6th, 2014, the Quebec Sailing Federation ran the first "future Star Camp" in Montreal. The day was a massive success, with over 35 young athletes between 8-18 participating. The idea of the camp was to get young sailors in Quebec introduced to the youth pathway, to try sailing other classes and to learn the importance of physical fitness.
The athletes started the day off with an educational presentation about the youth sailing pathway in Canada, head coach Rosie Chapman outlined the classes supported, the correct size and weights required for the boat and the teams to reach along the road to Olympic success. Later, Rosie and Matt Debreucq ran a workshop outlining the physical training needed to be in the best shape for sailing, he then held an on land training session, the athletes loved it! A massive thank you to Matt. The athletes where then divided into groups where they were teamed up with Quebec Sailing Team athletes.
A big thank you to the following Quebec Team athletes, not only did they lend their boats, but they also talked about top rigging techniques, hiking and trapezing styles and many other 'golden nuggets'; in the 29er we had coach Sophie and Stephane Vinet, Virginie Corbeil, Florence Delhaes and a big thank you to the 49er, FX and 29er Class for lending his boats, taking athletes for a ride on the 49er and helping out on the coaching side.In the 420 class we had 2012 Olympian Tyler Bjorn heading up the class and helping run on water coaching, in the Radial/4.7 we had Quebec Team athletes; Rebecca Abelson, Vincent Cammalleri, Nick Weimer, Philippe Pasquin and Victor Sullivan. A massive thank you to the Royal Saint Lawrence Yacht club for letting us use the venue and all the coaches and staff at Voile Quebec for making the day possible.
Head coach Rosie Chapman commented "I was blown away by how many young athletes signed up for the first year, it was super exciting to see the talent we have here in Quebec. I am positive looking forward to the future of the young talent we have coming through the system." Look out for next year's Star Camp!