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George Coles

George Coles.

The 15-year-old Lady Manners School student and Carsington Sailing Club member, from Stanton in the Peak, was selected for the Topper RYA UK Junior Squad after strong performances at the Topper National Championship and is also on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme.

George says: "I have been sailing since I was three and have progressed through the Single handed pathway with the RYA North Zone Training squads to earn a place in the RYA Topper UK National Squad.

"This year, I am part of the RYA T1 training squad, transitioning into the Laser Dinghy class, not only have I got to learn to sail a new boat but I have got to increase and improve my fitness training, which I am doing under the guidance of Derbyshire Institute of Sport.

"The RYA test fitness twice a year and I need to show improvement and reach certain benchmarks in order to progress.

"Aims this year are to finish in the top half of all qualifier events and to be one of the top performing under-17s. My highest placed finish so far was at the Laser Inlands at Graffham where I came fourth.

"I will be training throughout the winter and have my sights set on a good result at the Youth Nationals in April 2016.

"Looking further into the future, I would like to earn a place in the Laser Youth Squad and be selected to represent Great Britain at the Youth Europeans and World Championships.

"My ambition is to be part of the RYA podium squad and to sail in an Americas Cup Team, but there is a lot of hard work and good sailing to be done before I can achieve this."