Heather Quinn and Gwyneth Lanyon from Caunton and Bleasby have been selected to represent Great Britain at the 420 Class Junior European Championships and the 420 Class Women’s World Championships being held this summer.
Heather (17) and Gwyneth (15) began sailing at Notts County Sailing Club based in Hoveringham a few years ago. They started sailing single handed dinghies but a year ago began sailing together in a double handed dinghy known as a 420.
The selection process for team GB was three multi-day events, the last of which was the UK Youth Nationals held in Pwllheli in April. The Junior European Championship is being held in Villamoura, Portugal in July and the Women’s World Championships are at Lake Balaton, Hungary in August.
Despite having to be selected to attend, there is no financial support for competitors and the pair will have to pay all their own costs including the cost of transporting their boat. This is going to cost in excess of £5000 per sailor. Whilst their parents have committed to making this dream a reality, they would very much appreciate contact from any organisations or companies that may be able to offer financial support. Please contact Heather’s mum on Julie_elisabeth@yahoo.com if you can help.
Heather and Gwyneth hope that by publicising their achievement, they can help to raise the profile of an amazing sport which teaches many important life skills such as resilience and self-confidence, aside from the competitive element. They wish to highlight the opportunities to participate locally at a supportive and sociable club which provides sailing for beginners upwards, and hope to shine a light on women’s sport generally and inspire other young women and girls to pursue their ambitions.