Local windsurfers set sights on Youth Olympics

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The Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WAT) led by its president, Pattaya Mayor Ittipol Kunplome, held a press conference on Oct. 31 at Krua Serf restaurant in Jomtien to announce training plans for the Kingdom’s up and coming windsurfing stars.

With one eye firmly fixed on the Youth Olympics, to be staged in Nanjing, China in 2014, the Association said preparations were underway to train the nation’s young sailors up world class standards.

Pattana Bunsawat (left), secretary of the WAT, presents an award to Nattaont Chui following his success at the recent RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. Pattana Bunsawat (left), secretary of the WAT, presents an award to Nattaont Chui following his success at the recent RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships.

Several of the team are currently competing in the Hong Kong Open, taking place from November 5-13, and plans are in place to send the team to as many international events as possible over the next 18 months leading up to the Games.  To this end, Pattaya City Hall has agreed to provide 1 million baht in sponsorship to help with training costs.

Following the press conference, cash and a plaque were presented to Nattanont Chui who won second place in the 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships recently held in Tapei, Taiwan.