Tom's accolade was amongst those of the UK’s most promising young sailors and windsurfers to be recognised with an Award at the show, held at Alexandra Palace.
The annual awards were presented by Paralympic Gold Medallist Helena
Lucas in recognition of the outstanding achievements and performance of young
people across the range of activities the RYA represents.
Tom, who sails at Hayling Island Sailing Club, was recognised for his
performance in the 29er class when, along with his helm Crispin Beaumont, he finished
third in a 200 strong fleet at last July’s 29er World Championship in
Medemblik, Holland. This made the pair the first British crew to gain a medal
in this very competitive class since 2008. They also won the 2016 British Youth
and National Championships and in December were crowned Youth World Champions.
Tom was unable to be at the awards ceremony, due to
training commitments but he said of his Award “I am delighted to receive this
award in recognition of my achievements in 2016. I have been sailing at Hayling
Island SC since the age of eight so I owe much of my success to the club’s
fantastic youth and junior programme.”
information about the Youth Champion Awards.