Three-time World Champion sailor and Rio 2016 medal hope, Giles Scott, helped recognise the achievements of rising Sudbrooke powerboat racer, Jonathan Brewer, as he presented him with his prestigious RYA Youth Champion Award 2016.
Jonathan, 14, received his North West award alongside the other 10 regional winners at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at London’s Alexandra Palace on Saturday 5 March. Although he lives in Lincoln, Jonathan was selected as the RYA North West Youth Champion as he races with the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club, based in St Helens, Merseyside.
The RYA Youth Champion Awards recognise the outstanding achievement and performance of young people across the range of activities the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing and powerboating.
Last year, Priory Academy LSST schoolboy Jonathan secured a silver medal at the UIM European Championships in Nottingham, the highest ranking British competitor of the weekend, plus two British Championship silver medals. He started the season strongly and following a tough winter training schedule, managed a podium finish in every British Powerboat GP event.
British Sailing Team star Scott will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the history-making Sir Ben Ainslie in claiming Finn class silverware for TeamGB at Rio this summer. But he took time out of his Olympic preparations to honour the latest RYA Youth Champions.
Giles said: “The RYA Youth programmes are the building blocks for the future and have helped all of us get where we are today. Recognising the talent who have excelled at a young age is vital and helps to energise the sport. I hope to see these youngsters go on to achieve a great deal in our sport.”
Jonathan was nominated for the RYA Youth Champion Awards by RYA's North West Regional Committee. He comes from a powerboat racing family with his grandparents starting to race in 1982 and dad, Jason, taking up the sport in 1989. Jason is now one of the main organisers of the sport in the country. Jonathan joined the family tradition in 2012 and has completed three full seasons.
For more information on the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/youthchampion