Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association (BDYA) sailor Zasika Musdi yesterday left for the United Kingdom (UK) to undergo sailing training under the World Sailing Training Scholarship.
According to a BDYA press release, she is the first Bruneian to apply and be accepted for the prestigious scholarship jointly funded by the World Sailing (WS) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) via the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC). She has been nominated and supported by BDYA.
The seven-week programme will be held at the WS Executive Office in London and the 2012 London Olympic Venue Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The training aims to develop candidates’ knowledge on running a national sail training programme and develop their ability to teach others and to manage sailing clubs.
The course includes theoretical and practical modules which are delivered by WS experts and industry specialists.
“I’m really excited to undergo the training and eventually apply what I’ve learnt into developing a successful national sailing programme,” Zasika said. “I anticipate this will be the start of many big things for the future of sailing in Brunei Darussalam.”
BDYA President Dato Paduka Haji Idris bin Haji Abas expressed gratitude to WS for awarding the scholarship to Zasika, as well as to BDNOC for their continuous support. He wishes Zasika success and looks forward to her contribution to the future development of sailing in Brunei Darussalam.
WS is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, recognised by the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee. BDYA is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in Brunei Darussalam, and is a Member National Authority of WS and the Asian Sailing Federation.
Water sports such as wind-surfing, power boating, surfing and stand up paddling are also under the umbrella of the association. BDYA will hold its 2019 Inaugural Sailing Championships from September 20-22 at the BDYA Clubhouse in Serasa.