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    Evesham’s Edward Higson sails to a place on UK Sailing Youth Squad

    Evesham’s Edward Higson sails to a place on UK Sailing Youth Squad

    17 year old, Edward Higson of Evesham, Worcestershire has been selected to join the Royal Yachtng Association (RYA ) Laser  Radial UK Youth Squad.

    The RYA UK Youth Squad Programme is designed to enable the best British sailors to develop their racing skills so that they can achieve on the international & Olympic stage. It is aimed at sailors with the potential for world-class performance, who can win medals at The European & World Championships.

    Edward became Topper (Dinghy) World Champion in 2012, whilst competing in Holland, after which he moved into the Laser 4.7 (junior rig).

    In 2013 he won the Silver fleet at the Inlands, in the extremely fast Youth 29er double hander dighy category. This year Edward has been racing his Laser in sailing competitions around the Country.

    Edward is the current National Schools Sailing Association (NSSA) Inland Champion; Welsh National Laser Champion:  and has also impressively notched up wins at Bristol, South Cerney, Tamworth and Bowmoor Laser opens.

    For Edward securing a coveted spot on the UK Youth Squad has brought him a step closer to his Olympic dream and paves the way for him to attend the International Sailing Federation Youth World Championships being held In Malaysia later this year.

    When asked how it feels to have been selected to the UK Youth Squad Edward was naturally excited. “It’s a great feeling ” he said; “I’m passionate about sailing, and the boats performing well for me, so to be selected for the UK Youth squad is such a boost and I’m looking forward to meeting the coaches and the rest of the squad.”

    When Edward is not sailing; he’s busy working towards his A-levels at Alcester Grammar Sixth form and he’s also learning to drive.

    To compete in as many Qualifying events as possible at an international level Edward is working on a number of fundraising initiatives.

    If you would like to learn more about Edwards sailing adventures & competitions or would like to join his Fundraising Team please visit his website

    Follow Edward on Twitter:  @ehsailing