Hamilton's hunger heightened as young Brits gear up for 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds
RYA Youth Racing Manger Duncan Truswell is urging his young guns to "enjoy and learn" as 12 of Britain's up-and-coming sailors headed off for Turkey today (Tuesday 6 July) to represent RYA Volvo Team GBR at the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships.
However for Britain's most experienced member of the team, World RS:X Youth Champion Izzy Hamilton who will be making her appearance at the event a hat-trick this year, a gold medal is the priority. The 17-year-old's hunger is now heightened for the title after narrowly missing out on gold at the warm up RS:X Youth European Championships in Sopot, Poland which finished on Friday (2 July). Despite leading the pack most of the week, Hamilton picked up silver losing out on gold to Israel's Youth Worlds hope Ofir Halevy. She vows she will go "one better" next week.
Around 340 of the World's top Olympic hopefuls of the future will converge on Istanbul for the prestigious annual regatta, which gets underway on Friday (9 July).
The sailors were selected for Turkey following their performances at the 2010 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in April and Britain's SL16 catamaran pair Adam Butler and Nikki Boniface will be joining Hamilton in the event veterans line up having competed in last year's championships in Brazil. The remaining nine sailors will be making their event debuts in Istanbul.
Truswell, one of three RYA support staff accompanying the sailors to Istanbul, believes the youngsters should be looking to take as much from the experience as they possibly can.
He said: "The Youth Worlds is quite different to what most of the sailors are used to, it is a huge event and it offers a unique insight and flavour of the Olympic multiclass experience on a large scale. There is no better regatta for youngsters to learn at and it can be a real tipping point for sailors in making that mental commitment to following the Olympic dream."
"We've got a mixture of some young sailors going to the event to gain experience, as well as those very much hoping first and foremost for a top performance. As a team however we want to focus on learning as much as we can from the event and above all to enjoy it."
Istanbul 2010 will mark the 40th edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, the world’s top youth sailing event, with over 300 young sailors from 60-plus nations expected to attend.
Competition will take place from 8-17 July across eight events, open to competitors younger than 19 years on 31 December 2010. Istanbul 2010 will be the first time the championship has been held in Turkey, the 23rd nation to host the event.
It will also be the first Youth Worlds to consist of eight events, with the new Open High Performance Dinghy – 29er event set to make its debut.
The team competing at the 2010 event is called RYA Volvo Team GBR and it was selected after the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships in April.
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