Jack Wetherell, from Doncaster, is the latest member of the British Sailing Team's Podium Potential squad to be awarded the Marlow Ropes Award following a 23rd place finish at the highly competitive Laser World Championships, Mexico in May.
Awarded to Podium Potential sailors each quarter, the Marlow Award supports up and coming sailors with a grant worth £2,500 to spend at Marlow Ropes over the next year.
First introduced in 2002, the Marlow award makes a real difference to promising young sailors.
The 22-year-old has posted a number of successful results over the last few months including a tenth place at the Princesa Sofia Regatta, Palma in April. Wetherell followed this up with a 23rd place at the most recent Laser Worlds, his highest place finish at a major championship.
Podium Potential Manager Barrie Edgington nominated Wetherell for the award following his good results: "Jack has continued his good form this year making the medal race and posting tenth at the Princess Sofia Regatta in April and recently has returned with a milestone 23rd at the 2016 Laser Worlds.
"Great progress for Jack and validation of his professionalism and hard work. Being supported with the best ropes in the business via the Marlow Award will further underpin his performance and progress towards his goals.''
Wetherell has been working hard and is pleased to have recognition for his performance: "Receiving the Marlow Ropes award is fantastic for me because having an industry leader like Marlow putting faith in me is a great show of confidence. Over the last two events I have achieved a top 10 at the Palma EUROSAF and 23rd at the Laser World Championships in Mexico.
"My success has come from a great partnership with my coach James Gray, we identified some areas to work on after the Europeans earlier in the year and one of the biggest gains came from a different approach to starting."
Milly Stone, Marketing Executive, Marlow Ropes said: "The Marlow Ropes Award was designed to try and help the up and coming sailors of the British Sailing Team progress into the Podium Squad and give them all of the equipment they need in order to progress their career.
"The Award this time around will allow Jack to play around with different types of ropes to ensure he finds the right ropes to suit his style of sailing.
"In all the years that we have run the Marlow Ropes Award we have always received feedback from the sailors and worked with them extensively on new products for each Olympic cycle. We find that working with the team is vital as the feedback we receive is influential in developing and improving our products at Marlow."
As well as supporting up-and-coming sailors, Marlow Ropes is also the Official Supplier to the British Sailing Team thanks to its industry-renowned reputation for producing products tried, tested and trusted in the world's harshest environments.
For further information on Marlow Ropes including the latest products and technical information visit www.marlowropes.com.
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