Who's who

Your key British Youth Sailing contacts

RYA staff 

Mark Nicholls

Youth Racing Manager

Strategic management of the RYA World Class Performance Pathway & Sport England Talent plan (Junior, Youth & Olympic Classes) from Club through to embedding sailors in senior sailing (the British Sailing Team) and a lifetime in the sport.

youthracingmanager@rya.org.uk

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Chris Atherton

National Performance Manager

Overall responsibility for the management of the Regional Performance Management team and operational delivery of our Sport England Talent plan. Responsible for working with the 29er Class Association.

chris.atherton@rya.org.uk

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Duncan West

Regional Performance Manager, South and South West

Responsible for the delivery of the Sport England Talent Plan in the South and South West (Inc. Regional Training Groups). Responsible for working with the RS Tera, RS Feva, 420 and Nacra class associations.

duncan.west@rya.org.uk

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Paul Wren

Regional Performance Manager, East, South East and London

Responsible for the delivery of the Sport England Talent Plan in the East, South East & London (Inc. Regional Training Groups). Responsible for working with the UK Topper & UK Cadet class associations.

paul.wren@rya.org.uk

Tim Hall

Regional Performance Manager, Midlands

Responsible for the delivery of the Sport England Talent Plan in the Midlands (inc. Regional Training Groups). Responsible for working with the UK ILCA and UK Optimist class associations.

tim.hall@rya.org.uk

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Chris Blackburn

Regional Performance Manager, North

Responsible for the delivery of the Sport England Talent Plan in the North East and North West (inc. Regional Training Groups). Responsible for working with the UK iQFOiL (Youth), BIC Techno 395 class associations and liaising with the UKWA.

chris.blackburn@rya.org.uk

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Jack Grundy

Performance Manager (lead for sailors in education)

Manage and deliver the British Youth Sailing Youth Performance Squads and support for all sailors in education (Olympic Classes). Overall responsibility for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE), and SportsAid Awards.

jack.grundy@rya.org.uk

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Oli Woodcock

Pathway Head Coach

Responsibility for the British Youth Sailing and World Class Pathway coaching team. Responsible for the delivery of target GAP performance projects.

oli.woodcock@rya.org.uk

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Olivia Risk

Performance Operations Manager

Management of operations for the British Youth Sailing and British Sailing Team including management of the Performance Operations Team.

youthracing@rya.org.uk

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Sarah Knox-Johnston

Performance Operations Co-ordinator

Organises Regional Training Groups and support for RPMs. Co-ordinates the Regional Junior Championships and Recognised Club.

sarah.knox-johnston@rya.org.uk

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Sarah Marjoram

Performance Operations Officer

Operations Lead and Safeguarding/Welfare Officer for the Diploma in Sporting Excellence Programme (DiSE). Co-ordinates and reviews the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). Sourcing additional sailor funding from SportsAid and Backing the Best Awards. Supporting sailors in education analysis data. Supporting the Performance Manager (Jack Grundy). 

sarah.marjoram@rya.org.uk

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Niki Paton

Performance Operations Co-ordinator and PA to Mark Nicholls

Organises and co-ordinates resources and bookings for ILCA 6 Youth Performance Squad, Kite National Training Group and Transition Projects for ILCA 6, ILCA 7 and iQFOiL. Organising the annual BYS Stakeholders Conference. Logistics for the Youth Olympic Games, Youth World Championships. Youth Racing Committee admin support. ET Championships admin support. Also supports Techno, ILCA 4, Topper and Optimist International events.

niki.paton@rya.org.uk

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RYA Youth Racing Committee

The RYA Youth Racing Committee is a policy-forming sub-committee of the RYA Racing Committee.

The general purpose of the Committee is to provide the optimum framework of Youth Racing in the UK. In this context, British Youth Sailing and Junior and Youth Sailing are regarded as meaning all activity related to U23 racing in the UK, unless covered by another specific programme or committee.

The current YRC members are: -

Steph Banham (Chair)

Sally Budden

Charlie Stowe

Doug Targett

Zed Spencer-Milnes

John Brooker