A Bournemouth Collegiate School pupil has been named the best young sailor in Britain for 2014 by the Yachting Journalists' Association (YJA).
Windsurfer Emma Wilson saw off strong competition from the under-16 Topper Sailing World Champion, Calum Rosie, and the national Rigid Inflatable Boat Youth Champion, Kamila Czartolomna, to claim the title.
Emma, who lives in Christchurch, was a worthy winner of the award based on an impressive set of windsurfing title wins in 2014. Beginning with the European under-17 title, she went on to claim both the under-17 and under-19 World titles in Florida, aged just 15.
‘It feels amazing to have won. I'd like to thank my coaches and everyone who voted for me, as well as my family for all their support. I didn't think I was going to win the Youth World Windsurfing Championship but everything seemed to come together for me in October last year. It's really nice to be following in the footsteps of the previous winners and who knows hopefully I'll get to go to the Olympics in 2020.’
Shaun Dowling, Head of Sport at United Learning, said:
‘Emma epitomises the successful student-athlete. She is committed to her training and to her studies, giving herself the best chance of success in both domains. We are delighted that her efforts have been rewarded in this way.’
Maria Coulter, Acting Head of Bournemouth Collegiate School, said:
‘Many congratulations to Emma on her fantastic achievement. BCS has a proud sporting tradition and we very much look forward to supporting and following Emma’s future successes.’