has won the prestigious YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year
Award 2010. The presentation was made at the Tullet Prebon
London International Boat Show by Skandia Team GBR’s Lucy Macgregor
Women’s Match Racing World Champion.
Izzy picked up her third Youth National title in April 2010 before going on to win a Silver medal at the RS:X European Youth Windsurfing Championships in Sopot, Poland. Her season continued at a high level when she made the second step on the podium her own at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
She topped off her season by winning the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing title for the second time in Cyprus becoming Britain’s first ever double Youth World Windsurfing Champion.
The other finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year were Anya Colley. RYA 2010 National Jetsport IJSBA Ski Stock Champion. Six of her World titles and many of her other achievements have been secured in mixed gender competition. Joanna Freeman and Hannah Mitchell. Joanna and Hannah won the RYA Volvo Nationals in Weymouth in April 2010 and placed 4th at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Turkey, narrowly missing out on a 2nd through protest.
Izzy had some stiff competition for this year’s award, 12 of which were RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year voted for by RYA affiliated sailing clubs. These young sailors have made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.
East Midlands: Anya Colley
Northern Ireland: Sophie Murphy
North East: Jordan Muckles
Scotland: Callum Airlie
Southern: Joanna Freeman & Hannah Mitchell
South East: Richard Thomas
South West: Sam Sills
Thames Valley: Aaron Reynolds
Wales: Ellie Meopham
West Midlands: Sarah Norbury
Yorkshire and Humberside: Connor Bainbridge - 4th at the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships
North West: Cameron Douglas
YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year award was first presented in 1993. Early winners include Dame Ellen MacArthur and Ben Ainslie CBE, who both went on to win the Yachtsman of the Year title.
In addition to nominations from members of the public for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year, over 1,700 RYA affiliated clubs have the opportunity to nominate. Plus, the RYA puts forward winners from each of its 13 regions as nominations for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year.