Young Blue Circle Sailing Club and Team GBR talent, Morgan Archer, has had his memorable 2015 achievements celebrated as he is revealed as the winner of the South East RYA Youth Champion Award 2016.
Morgan, 14 and who has sailed at the Cliffe club since he was seven, will receive his award from the British Sailing Team’s three-time World Champion Finn star Giles Scott alongside the other 11 regional winners at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on Saturday 5 March.
The RYA Youth Champion Awards, created in 2014, recognise the outstanding achievement and performance of young people across the range of activities the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing and powerboating.
Last year Morgan represented RYA Team GBR in the one-person Topper class at the Irish Nationals and the Zhik International Topper World Championships, held on Lake Garda in Italy in July. The Topper is one of the junior classes sailing’s national governing body, the RYA, supports on the pathway to Olympic Classes sailing.
The talented teen, who lives in Lynsted, won the RYA South East Zone Championships Topper title for the second successive year in September, the 11-event 2015 Topper South East Traveller Series plus the first event of the 2015-16 Topper National Series at Rutland.
Morgan said: “I was really surprised to hear I’d been nominated and really happy to find out I‘ve been selected. I was very lucky to get the chance to visit Italy for the Worlds last year and was pleased with the results I achieved at the UK events I attended, especially winning my first ever National Series 1 event at Rutland.
“A lot of my achievements over the past couple of years wouldn’t have been possible without support from Swale Youth Development Fund, Virtual Rigger and, most importantly, my family. During 2016 I want to show my appreciation by continuing to maintain consistent results by increasing my fitness and concentrating on my squad coursework to further my sailing knowledge.”
Morgan has spent the winter training as part of the RYA Topper National Junior Squad. He is keen to then progress into the RYA Transition Training for the 29er two-person Youth class, and eventually onto the RYA UK Youth Squad for 2016/17.
John Williams, Blue Circle SC Training Principal, said: “Morgan started sailing with his dad at our club aged seven and we have watched him progress into local junior events to RYA Zone Squad level to competing in national events and continuing to progress with coaching to a higher standard of racing.
“He has been a great junior representative for the club and is always willing to give advice both on and off the water to help other sailors, young and old. As soon as Morgan is old enough he would also like to train to help with coaching at smaller youth events where he can share his knowledge and experience to help others.”
Morgan was nominated by his sailing club and selected as a winner by the RYA South East regional committee.
Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, added: “We are delighted to acknowledge the achievements of young boaters from across the UK. They have all excelled in 2015 and we hope to see them go on to achieve great things in our sport.”
For more information on the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/youthchampion or to find out how you can get into sailing at Blue Circle SC in this Olympic year visit www.bluecirclesailingclub.co.uk