Anna was selected from hundreds of applications after competing in the RYA Zone and Home Country Championships which took place at eight venues across the UK this September.   Anna, who is 12 years old, won a Topper sailing dinghy. 

She started sailing at the club when she was only 7, and takes part in junior racing. Just this year she was selected to be part of Team Oxfordshire at the NSSA (National School Sailing Association) Regatta, giving her the confidence to try out for the Zones squad where she scored a mid-fleet result.  

She now plans to compete in as many events as possible to get more experience and to do the 2018 NSSA regatta and Team Racing events in the Topper.  She says �Next year at the South Zone event at Farmoor I want to be in the top 10!�    

Now that she has the new Topper Anna is confident she can do even better.  �My previous boat was very old and didn�t have the same adjustments.  In a newer boat I can go faster.  I really hope to be sailing at National events and will be aiming to get into the Intermediate Training Squad.�    

�We�re delighted to have once again teamed up the JMST to be able to help ambitious youngsters like Anna who may not ordinarily have had the opportunity, to progress in the sport� said RYA OnBoard Operations Officer Hannah Cockle. �All the youngsters have shown such enthusiasm and commitment.  Having the highest quality equipment will really make a difference�.   

Anna will now be able to enjoy two years� exclusive use of her boat before it is goes to her club, Goring on Thames Sailing Club, for other young sailors to continue benefitting from it in the future.   

This is the fifth year the JMST and OnBoard have partnered to donate single-handed junior pathway boats and boards to promising young sailors who may not ordinarily have had the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals. No fewer than 64 boats and boards have been donated since 2012.   

RYA OnBoard is the nationwide grassroots programme, run by sailing�s national governing body, giving young people aged 8 to 18 the opportunity to learn to sail at low cost. Meanwhile the JMST, set up in memory of 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks, supports young sailors and youth sailing organisations   

Learn more about RYA OnBoard or find out more about the JMST.