Rising Laser Radial sailor Hannah Snellgrove has received an additional boost to her thriving campaign after she was awarded the coveted Marlow Ropes Award at the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.
The Marlow Ropes Award was introduced in 2002 with the aim of rewarding Britain's most promising young sailors for their determination, focus and talent.
Snellgrove is a current member of Skandia Team GBR Transitional Squad giving her access to an array of world class training resources used by Britain's Olympic gold medal winning sailors - a real stepping stone to succeeding at the highest level.
The 21-year-old from Lymington, Southampton has been in fine form in recent regattas, with her career highlight coming at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, last month, where she finished 14th.
"I've had a great season so far which is very pleasing. It started off in Palma and Hyeres (April 2011) where I had a couple of reasonable performances. I then trained hard over the next couple of months in Weymouth and Portland before competing at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta (June 2011) where I did better than expected. It was a breezy event and I finished 11th in which was my first international senior event," said Snellgrove.
"Since the summer I have been balancing my university work at Cambridge with my training, however a lot of my focus was guided towards performing well at the 2011 Perth World Championships.
Snellgrove continued: "I went out to Perth a week before the event started in December so there wasn't a lot of pressure for me to perform which was nice. I ended up sailing really well in what was a strong breeze regatta and finished 14th which was a good result for a Skandia Team GBR Transitional Squad sailor."
The Marlow award entitles Snellgrove to free Marlow rope for a year; a financial boost previous winners, double World 470 champions Nic Asher and Elliot Willis and 2008 Olympic Yngling gold medallist Pippa Wilson, have also benefitted from.
Snellgrove added: "It's great to be recognised by the Skandia Team GBR coaches and Marlow Ropes for my performance over the last six months. I guess the key regattas were Skandia Sail for Gold and then my performance in Perth, it just feels fantastic and I know the free rope will be a massive boost entering the 2012 campaign.
"Top quality rope throughout the season is vital, I actually had a rope failure at Sail for Gold where my main sheet snapped which really affected my performance. It's so important to have confidence in knowing that your kit is sound and that it won't let you down whilst racing," continued Snellgrove.
"I'm still at university at the moment but my plans in terms of sailing over the next 6-12 months is to continue training hard and get some good performing results in Palma and Hyeres in April and then take it from there."
"The 2012 Olympics is very exciting. It was a great experience to be involved in the trials process in which I'm certain will benefit my future sailing career. 2016 in Brazil is my main aim, I'm hoping to keep up the good work, continue sailing well, and hopefully with Marlow Ropes now on board I will be able to sail to my full potential and do well in my future sailing career," concluded Snellgrove.
Barrie Edgington, Skandia Team GBR Development Squad Manager, commented: "Another deserving recipient of the Marlow Ropes Award. Hannah has proved that she can mix it with the higher echelons of the Radial fleet and has really worked hard to be as prepared as possible whilst holding down a tough academic degree course at Cambridge.
"I am sure that the experiences of being part of the 2012 programme will put her in a great position when she is able to commit 100% in the next Olympic cycle. A name to watch for!"
As well as supporting up-and-coming sailors, Marlow Ropes are also the official supplier and exclusive team ropes partner to Skandia Team GBR thanks to its industry-renowned reputation for producing products tried, tested and trusted in the world's harshest environments.
Paul Honess, Leisure Marine Sales Director, said: "We find that working with the team and the sailors such as Hannah is vital as the feedback we receive is influential in developing and improving our products at Marlow. In turn we at Marlow can educate team members on the latest materials and rope constructions to help keep British sailors at the leading edge."
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