Training Delivery manager, World Sailing

Rob Holden

Rob Holden born in South Africa developed a love for sailing through books at an early age but due to access to the sport only got into the sailing at age 25. Sailing multihull with his wife Elfie he took part in 5 world championships and when his Elfie fell pregnant with their second child decided it was time to give back to sailing. He started a small sailing school in Mossel Bay South Africa mainly focusing on creating access to the sport for children from disadvantaged communities.

This school grew and attracted the attention of South African Sailing who employed him as the national training and high performance manager. During this time Rob became the first World Sailing Training Scholarship graduate opening the door to becoming the first World Sailing (then ISAF) Regional development coordinator (RDC) for sailing in Africa. This was a challenging position and opened Robs eyes to the many challenges in developing sailing in impoverished countries but also highlighted the huge benefits sailing has on children from these communities.
Now contracted to World Sailing as the Training Delivery manager Rob is managing 4 RDC’s around the world as well as coordination training and development activities around the world.