Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

A Future Sailing Olympian in our Midst!

RGS could be witnessing the emergence of its first Olympic sailor with its student James C in Year 10, whohas recently been accepted into the Royal Yachting Association National Junior Squad (under 15s). The purpose of the RYA National Junior Squad is to feed talented sailors into the Youth and Olympic Programmes. It offers the sailor’s access to a highly subsided World Class National Training Programme, designed to help them go on to achieve International and Olympic success in the future. The squad is made up of 16 of the best junior sailors (under the age of 15) in the country and the training includes 'on-the-water' sailing training and advice on sports science, physiology, fitness, meteorology, nutrition, hydration, growth and maturation.

 

 

Ms. Baker, Headteacher, commented in an email to James ‘this is fantastic news, and really well done for being selected. You must be really proud of what you have achieved.’

James has been sailing for just five years and was first introduced to the sport by his father. He sails at Chew Valley Lake and really enjoys the sense of freedom it gives him, particularly as he sails a Topper, which is a singlehanded boat. He started racing in the Topper class when his friend introduced him to it and he hasn’t looked back since!

The main training centre for the National Sailing Squad is Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The training programme, which takes place all over the country, that James is involved in this winter will prepare him for the 20 sailing events next summer and about six of these will be national competitions.

James is aspiring to be at the Rio Olympics in 2016. We wish him all the best with his training and his long-term ambitions!

If there are any other aspiring Olympians at RGS please get in touch with Mrs Parnell our marketing co-ordinator at info@redlandgreen.bristol.sch.uk using the subject ‘Olympic Hopeful’.