York Teenager Is North East Region’s Youth Sailing Champion
Posted: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:10
15 year old Ellie Clark from York is the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Youth Champion and was presented with her award at a ceremony in London last weekend.
The RYA Youth Champion Award is given to a young sailor who already has a proven track record in dinghy racing and shows great promise for the future.
Ellie joined nine other Regional Youth Champions at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at London's Alexandra Palace, where they were presented with their trophies by Helena Lucas, Paralympic Sailing Gold Medallist.
RS Tera Sport 2016 Northern Champion, winner of the Europe Nationals 2016 Youth Award and selection for the RS200 Youth Training Squad are only some of the successes achieved by Ellie last year. Fabulous results from a worthy champion.
"I'm really honoured to have been chosen as RYA Youth Champion for my region," said Ellie after the ceremony. "I had an amazing year on the water in 2016 and to have been recognised for my results is really special. I'd like to thank my friends, crew and parents who take me to all the events for supporting my sailing."
Ellie, who is a member of Ripon Sailing Club, was originally nominated for the RYA North East Youth Champion Award by Fiona Spence, Ripon Sailing Club's Youth and Junior Secretary.
"I was delighted to nominate Ellie for consideration and am even more delighted that she has won," said Fiona Spence. "The quality and consistency of Ellie's sailing has improved significantly in the last few years and is a direct result of her efforts to make best use of the training sessions and competitive events she has attended. I am particularly pleased to see her enjoying sailing a wide range of boats, both single and double handed. This not only increases her enjoyment of the sport, but leads to greater awareness and reinforces her capabilities."
Away from the dinghy racing circuit, Ellie finds the time to volunteer at Ripon Sailing Club, encouraging and mentoring younger sailors. As well as studying for her GCSEs at Manor Church of England Academy in York, Ellie plans to do her Duke of Edinburgh's Award in 2017 and become an RYA Dinghy Instructor later in the autumn.
"It gives me great pleasure to see our youth sailors rewarded for their effort and dedication to the sport," said Ian Smith, Chairman of the RYA North East Region. "Ellie's achievements show that she is an excellent sailor, often out competing against much older rivals in very testing conditions. She is also putting something back into the sport by supporting the training of the next generation as a role model and by actively engaging with their training and development. Congratulations Ellie, a well deserved award."
RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson, said: "We are delighted to
recognize the achievements of the Regional Youth Champions, who have all
shown lots of hard work, sacrifice and determination to do well in the sport. The Awards also help to emphasize the endless support of our many volunteers who work so hard at the club level to give our young sailors the best possible start to their future sailing careers."
For more information on the RYA Regional Youth Champion Award visit