ING Insurance is title sponsor of the 2008 Canadian Youth Sailing Championships

    HALIFAX, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Athlete development for the sport of sailing has
received a big lift. Organizers of the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA)'s
youth sailing championships in 2008 have signed ING Insurance as the title
sponsor for the national event.
    The ING CYA Youth National Sailing Championships will take place at the
Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) in Halifax in August. More than 200
athletes from across the country, representing the best young sailors in
Canada, will compete on the waters of Halifax Harbour in seven classes,
including Laser, Laser Radial, Laser4.7, Byte CII, 29er and the Club 420.
    "With ING Insurance's support, these national championships will provide
the high calibre of coaching and competition so necessary in the development
of our young athletes," says Mike Archibald, chairman of the regatta
organizing committee. "Corporate support is critical to the success of such
national competitions and we are thankful to ING Insurance for its commitment
to our sport and our young athletes."
    In addition to the regatta which runs from August 9th to the 12th, an
important component of the event is a two day training programme for all
athletes in advance of the competition. This Youth Olympic Training Seminar
(YOTS) will bring together top coaches and members of the Canadian Sailing
Team to provide valuable training and mentorship to young athletes who may not
normally be exposed to such high calibre coaching. YOTS is an integral
component of athlete development for the sport of sailing. While the Canadian
championship places emphasis on high performance youth, it also has an element
of development and is the first major regatta for many young athletes.
    The ING CYA Youth National Sailing Championships is also a qualifier
event for CYA's 2009 National Youth Sailing Team. Members of this team are
recognized as Canada's next generation Olympic athletes. Their campaigns may
qualify them to represent Canada at next year's World Youth Sailing
    "In addition to caring for our clients, our commitment extends to the
communities across the country where we do business," says Alan Blair, Senior
Vice President, Atlantic Canada of ING Insurance. "ING strives to support
organizations and projects that inspire inventiveness and independence in
Canada's youth. We encourage endeavours that aim to mentor tomorrow's leaders,
and we believe national sports competition, such as the ING CYA Youth National
Sailing Championships, do just that."

For further information:

For further information: Mike Archibald, Regatta Chair - ING CYA Youth
National Sailing Championships, (902) 420-6212; Barbara Pike, Communications -
ING CYA Youth National Sailing Championships, (902) 452-1172

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