Singapore, 5 September 2017 – The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) hosted an International Judging Seminar from 2 to 4 September 2017 at the National Sailing Centre.
The seminar, which is endorsed by World Sailing (WS), saw an international line up of 20 participants from France, India, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong and Korea come to our little red dot to learn how to become better judges. It was led by Chris Watts (GBR) and Josje Hofland (NED), who have more than 20 years of experience under their belts, and they provided insights on improving the quality of officiating in the region.
Held at the National Sailing Centre, Asia’s only WS Approved Training Centre, the seminar covered modules such as arbitration, protest hearing, on-water judging and classroom style discussions where participants fine tuned their judging skills. At the end of the 4 day seminar, participants took to the waters in Singapore’s Marina Bay, taking in the sights of the city’s CBD skyline in the most unique way, sailing on a SM40.
“SSF is committed to assisting WS in raising the standard of sailing and officiating in Asia and the region. The success of this event is testament to that and we’ll continue to work with stakeholders and partners from around the region to organise such seminars and clinics for the creation of deve
lopment pathways in sailing and officiating,” Joe Chan, Head Training and Development of the Singapore Sailing Federation.
Damien Boldyrew, from Australia, shared on his experience, “As soon as I became aware of the IJ Seminar in Singapore, I was excited to attend as this is my first visit here. The hospitality and friendliness that greeted me was outstanding and everything has been so well organised.”
“I’d encourage anyone interested in officiating in our sport to attend a World Sailing Seminar, even if they feel they’re not at an International judge level. It’s an important step on the way,” added Boldyrew.