Radial sailor Mark Spearman will make his ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship
debut this month in Ireland but it won’t be the first time that the West
Australian teenager has pulled on the green and gold.
his first taste of representing Australia back in 2010 when he took part in the
inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Olympic Games was a great preparation for the ISAF Youth Worlds as it gave me
some idea of what it will be like,” he said. "Just like in Singapore the Youth
Worlds will feature a small close fleet of one boat per country and all the
athletes and coaches staying in the same place together for the whole event,
which is a unique experience.”
competing at the Youth Olympic Games Spearman has been campaigning in the Laser
Radial class, booking his place on the Australian Youth Sailing Team following
his strong showing at the 2012 Australian Youth Championship in Brisbane.
Spearman returned to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to compete in the 2012
Laser Radial Youth World Championship.
Australian finished the week ninth overall, with a number of strong races,
including a first and a third on the last day of competition.
preparations for the Youth Worlds are going well with racing in Brisbane just
before heading off to Ireland,” said Spearman. "There’s no training as good as
the close racing of a World Championships which we got in Brisbane.”
not only looking forward to the chance to race in Ireland but also to catch up
with old rivals and family members.
looking forward to everything about the ISAF Youth Worlds, from the strong
competition to catching up with people I used to sail against back in
Optimists,” said Spearman. "Also it’s a good chance to see Irish relatives
while I'm over there.”
begins in Dublin on Saturday 14 July and continues until Friday 20 July.