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Team GB Sailor Nicola Groves launches The Richmond Borough Youth Team Trials at The Lensbury

The Lensbury Watersports Centre held trials for the London Borough of Richmond to select a team for the London Youth Games Sailing Regatta on Saturday 13th April 2013. The trials were open to all who live or go to school in Richmond. A total of 23 juniors attended and sailed laser Picos and Oppie dinghies.

In very testing conditions of fluky wind shifts and a flow on the River Thames, all of the sailors managed to sail around a triangle course. The standard was very high and the team selection was tough as only a handful can be picked to represent the Borough at the main Regatta on 8th June at Royal Victoria docks.

The following sailors will race against the other 32 London Boroughs in the Regatta;

Oppie male – Harry Henderson

Oppie female – Georgia Small

Mixed Pico – Madeleine Chambers & Dominic Jones

Access 2.4 disability dinghy – Natasha Settelen & Andrew Gatehouse

Topper female – Erin Gut

Nicola Groves from the GB sailing team attended the day to give some coaching tips and help with the team selection. She said “I am impressed with the enthusiasm and expertise of the Richmond juniors I am sure they will be successful again at The London Youth Games Regatta this year”.

Nicola arrived back from the sailing world cup held in Spain on the previous Sunday, she finished 10th overall with her partner Penny Clark in the new for Rio 2016 49erfx skiff sailing event. She currently trains to be part of the GB team in Rio 2016 Olympics.

Mark Hughes, Watersports Centre Manager said “The turnout was excellent considering the terrible weather and all participants accepted the challenge valiantly”

The Lensbury Watersports Centre is available to any junior over the age of 8 years old who wants to learn how to sail or kayak. The Lensbury has an outreach programme and also has a full range of holiday courses and clubs available to non-members.  Please visit us at The Lensbury Watersports Centre or call Tel: 020 8614 6554 for information on getting involved in water sports or on how to be involved in future London Youth Games teams.

For further information or to speak with one of our team, please call 0208 614 6420 alternatively let us call you.

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