Omantel hosts an appreciation ceremony for Oman Sail’s Youth Team
Omantel welcomed Oman Sail’s youth team at their head quarters, where the team was greeted and recognised in an appreciation ceremony hosted by the co-sponsors of the youth program.
Omantel celerated the team’s latest achivements and to show Omantel’s appreciation and ongoing support both at home and at international events abroad that has enabled the team to develop and progress so rapidly this year.
The visit came within a week of the team’s return from the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) African Championships in South Africa giving the sailors and co-sponsors Omantel a rare opportunity to share highlights of the sailing season – both on and off the water.
The cermeny was attended by Dr. Ghalib Al Hosni, Vice President of Human Resources at Omantel and Oman Sail’s youth team and coaches along with other officials from both Omantel and Oman Sail.
In congratulating the team of five sailors on their performance at IODA, Dr. Ghalib Al Hosni, said: “It was an inspiration to meet them in person and hear firsthand how their sport had given them a jump start so early in their lives.”
“Some of you are only 12 years old yet hard work and dedication has allowed you to realise your dreams. We hope your efforts will inspire and encourage more youth to get involved in sport, spread the culture of sailing among a new generation of Omanis and rekindle our great maritime heritage.”
He said it was a privilege for Omantel to support Oman Sail’s Youth Programme as it is was a direct way of investing in the future development of the youth of Oman.
Mansoor Al Mahrouqi, 14, Salim Al Alawi, 12, and Ahmed Al Mujaini, 14, were competing at the IODA African Championships for the second year running while it was a first time for twelve year olds Marwan Al Jabri and Zakariya Al Wahabi.
The Omani’s gained valuable experience and better overall results than the previous year despite extremely cold, wet and windy weather and tough competition from a fleet of 78 sailors representing eight African nations plus Germany and the British Virgin Isles at the event held near Cape Town from 10 – 18 August.
The big improvement in their level of sailing skills and ability to cope in the most challenging weather conditions they had ever experienced was directly attributed to what they had learnt from attending the coaching clinics, sail training sessions and ranking regattas as members of the Oman Sail Youth Team squad of about 30 young sailors.
In thanking Omantel for their support Rashid Al Kindi, president of the Omani Sailing Committee, and National teams manager at Oman Sail said the development of positive sportsmanship and a competitive winning spirit through sailing was an integral part of the Oman Sail Youth Programme’s mission.
“Our ultimate goal is to groom a team for the 2020 Olympic Games and the support of sponsors such as Omantel and Oman Shipping Company play a pivotal role in helping us achieve this. We are most grateful for your enthusiastic support.”
Launched in 2012 the Oman Sail Youth Programme is structured for all levels and interests with sail training offered through the competitive Oman Sail Race Club and the more social Oman Sail Youth Club at the sailing centres at Marina Bandar, Mussanah and The Wave Muscat. A fourth centre opens in Sur in November.
Already at grassroots level 11 000 young Omanis aged between eight and 18 years old have been introduced to sailing through community “try sailing” events and by 2020 the target is that an impressive total of 70,000 Omani children will be introduced to sailing.
In the six months since Omantel and Oman Shipping Company announced their co-sponsorship of the Oman Sail Youth Programme the young squad has attended intensive training and coaching clinics in Spain and Oman, national ranking regattas, plus the Al Bareh International Regatta in Bahrain, the ISAF Youth Worlds in Cyprus and the recent African Championships.
Teams to represent Oman at the upcoming Arab Championships and Laser World Championships will be decided at a national ranking regatta in Mussanah next week.
The long term pathway to the 2024 Olympics includes having a team finish in the top fifty percent of the fleet at the 2015 Optimist World Championships, in the top fifty percent of the fleet at the 2018 Youth Olympics and in the top 20 percent of the fleet at the 2020 ISAF Youth World Championships.
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