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Olympic star to push the boat out at Rudyard

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

  • Olympic sailor Alison Young will be passing on her expertise during a visit to Rudyard Sailing Club.

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OLYMPIC sailing star Alison Young will taking to the water at Rudyard Lake later this month.

The British team member will be visiting Rudyard Lake Sailing Club on Saturday, May 17, to give a special one-to-one coaching session to 12-year-old Kieran Mellville.

Car manufacturer Volvo offered the chance to win a visit from Alison as a prize for a club fund-raising auction night to raise money for a new boat.

As well at sharing some of the secrets behind her success with Kieran, a Topper sailor, Alison,will give a talk to club members about her sailing career, including her memories of London 2012.

She will also take the helm of the club's new Enterprise dinghy, bought with funds raised from the auction, in a race alongside club members in the afternoon.

Alison's visit is part of an exciting month for the Rudyard club, which held an open day on Monday this week.

The visit coincides with the Royal Yachting Association's 'Push The Boat Out' weekend.

The day also marks the start of a new club initiative aimed at encouraging youngsters in its Jybaz youth section, and other club members, to get more sailing experience and general coaching by offering free family and friends sailing after each Jybaz session.

Chris Smith, who runs Jybaz, said: "We are really looking forward to Alison's visit.

"I'm sure our junior sailors will learn so much from her and will be inspired to try to follow in her footsteps, from inland lake sailing in the Midlands to Olympic competition.

"It is especially an incredible opportunity for Kieran, whose dad won the auction for Alison.

"It's not often you get to try your hand against an Olympic sailor,"

As well as helping to get more people learning to sail at Rudyard Lake, the new Enterprise will be used by the juniors when they travel to take part in the popular Southport 12-hour and 24-hour races later this year.

To find out more about how you can get involved at Rudyard Lake SC this year, visit the club's website at rlsc.rudyardlakesc.org.uk

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