NSW Youth Championships Lures Laser Radial World Champion

by Stacey French

Current Laser Radial Youth Girls World Champion, Zoe Thomson will be competing at the 2016 New South Wales Youth Championships from 1 - 3 October at Georges River Sailing Club.

Thomson, who recently won the World Championship crown will make her debut at the NSW Youth Championships in what is shaping up to be a busy six months for the West Australian teenager.

Following the NSW State Championships, Thomson will represent Australia at the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships this December in New Zealand before competing at the Australian Laser Nationals in Adelaide.

“The NSW Youth Championships are the perfect opportunity to sail in a place I have not sailed before,” Thomson said.  “I’m heading to Sydney to train with the Australian Sailing Laser Radial Youth Girls Squad and to get more racing experience in a new venue ahead of this summer.”

Thomson has been sailing since she was eight years old starting out at East Fremantle Yacht Club and is now a member at Femantle Sailing Club and Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. The recent Laser Radial World Championships was her first in that class on the international stage.

“Ireland 2016 was my first World Championships in the Radial class so I wasn’t really expecting anything too big,” Thomson said.  “Dun Laoghaire was a tricky place to sail with shifty winds and strong currents but the town itself was small and really friendly.

“We had a pretty big Australian Team with two coaches which was cool and it was definitely an added bonus to win.”

Australian Sailing NSW Pathway Performance Officer, Tristan Brown said that Thomson’s performance in Ireland was exceptional.

“Whilst Zoe hadn’t competed internationally in the Laser Radial prior to Ireland, she showed signs last year at the 4.7 Worlds that she could compete with the World’s best,” Brown said.

“The World title in Ireland was great reward for the effort she has put in over the past four years, however, she now has new challenges. The Youth Sailing Worlds in New Zealand in December and the preparation for this starts at the NSW Youths. “

Brown also said that the NSW Youth Championships provide competitors with a challenging competition for sailors to refine their skills leading into the Australian summer sailing season.

“The NSW Youth Championships are a great start to the season, with competitors travelling from interstate to check in against their close rivals following their respective winter training blocks,” Brown concluded

Entries for the 2016 NSW Youth Championship are already over 130 with 11 classes enticing sailors from across the nation.  Competitors entered are coming from as far away as Western Australian and Tasmania with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club the best represented NSW Club with 24 entries to date.

So far the Laser 4.7 is the biggest fleet with 30 boats and are likely to reach a record fleet for that class, while the combined Optimist classes are also seeing a good number of entrants.

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The NSW Youth Championships are proudly supported by the NSW Government through Transport for NSW, Nautilus Marine Boat Insurance, Gill Marine Technical Clothing, Steve Jarvin Motors, Tohatsu Outboards, Lejen Marine and Sydney Harbour Boat Storage.

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