The RYA have recently appointed a new coach to lead the Intermediate Squad commencing their new programme in October 2016. Will Burdall (current Intermediate Squad Coach) is easing back his coaching commitments this winter as he prepares to become a Father. He will still be an essential part of the coaching team, but for continuity over the next few months a new lead coach has been appointed.

Following an application and selection process, that RYA are delighted to announce that Sarah McGovern will take the lead from October 2016. Sarah is well known within the Optimist Class with extensive coaching experience running the Welsh programme for the past few years. We welcome Sarah to this new challenge and look forward to her input with squads and teams. Will is still on hand and will be providing a comprehensive handover to Sarah over the coming months.

Note from IOCA (UK) Chair

As Chair I would like to welcome Sarah, I feel we are very lucky to have Sarah in this role, it’s hard to imagine a better appointment. I would also like to thank Tim Hall and the RYA team for running the independent selection process.

Richard Baker


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