Two Suffolk schoolgirls have been recognised for their Olympic sporting potential.
Ines Green and Amelia Mayhew, pupils at Ipswich High School in Woolverstone, have been selected for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) UK Squad in the Cadet class.
The inclusion of the Year 9 students in the squad recognises their potential to progress within the British Sailing Team. The aim is then to win selection for the UK Youth Squads and beyond into Olympic Development Programmes.
Ines, who has been sailing since she was nine, said: “It’s very exciting to have both been selected for the squad.
“It means we get to sail with people who are of a higher standard, so it pushes us to improve further and move into a different class of boat.”
The pair, who both sail at Waldringfield Sailing Club, get to visit a different sailing venue every month and work with coaches who improve their fitness and skills with the goal of impressing the selectors for the World Squad.
Their training schedule means they sail on both reservoirs and at sea to learn the effects of tides.
Amelia, who started sailing at the age of seven, said: “The locations we sail in are varied so the selectors can test our abilities on tidal and non-tidal water.
“We’re both working towards going to the International Cadet Class 2020 World Championships in December. To do that, we have to be ranked in the top 10 by three world team selectors.”
The girls’ selection establishes their status as UK Squad sailors who the RYA hope will represent Great Britain at major international events in the years to come.
Peter Taylor, Director of Sport at Ipswich High School, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for both Ines and Amelia who both have huge potential in sailing.
“They have been selected for their performance and commitment to a programme of training and competition over several years.
“Their dedication and passion for the sport has paid off and I’m sure that this is the only the start of a bright future.”