RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners announced
2010's inspiring young sailors are recognised.
The RYA has turned the spotlight on some of this year’s most inspiring young sailors as the 2010 RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award winners are announced.
The 13 young sailors from 12 of the RYA regions were nominated by sailing clubs and selected as winners by the regions’ committees. Ranging from gold medal wins to outstanding dedication to their club, all of the winners have made a large impact on youth sailing this year.
In January the youngsters will be treated to a VIP day at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show followed by the national YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award ceremony where they will receive their Regional Young Sailor trophies.
RYA Chief Executive Sarah Treseder says: “Winning an RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted to recognise the talent of these people and the dedication they show for our sport. Awards such as this highlight the fact that so many young sailors are out there on the water enjoying themselves and achieving brilliant things.”
| Thames Valley
| North East
| Yorks and Humberside
| South East
| South West
| North West
| Northern Ireland
| East Midlands
||Hannah Mitchell and Joanna Freeman
| West Midlands
YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award
The three finalists of the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year award have also been announced. Finalists include:
Anya is an 18 year old jet skier who secured the 2010 RYA National British Ski Stock Championship Title this year. Six of the world titles Anya has won along with many of her achievements have been secured competing along with the boys. Anya actively promotes herself and the sport in the hope to attract more people and in particular women to jet skiing.
Hannah Freeman and Joanna Mitchell
Joanna and Hannah won the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals in Weymouth in April 2010 and placed 4th at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Turkey, narrowly missing out on a 2nd through protest. They also finished 8th at the 420 worlds in Israel despite missing a day’s racing due to Joanna being in hospital for one day.
Izzy picked up her third Youth National title in April 2010. She has also claimed two Silver medals this year, one at the European Youth Championships in Sopot, Poland and another at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Izzy has just successfully defended her class Youth World title in Cyprus becoming Britain’s first ever double windsurfing Youth World Champion.
Winners will be voted for by members of the YJA and will be announced at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show at 2:00 pm on the Knowledge Box.