Christina rules the waves
Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 21 November 2012
A TEENAGE member of Kielder Water Sailing Club (KWSC) has been named as Royal Yachting Association North East Regional Young Sailor of the Year.
Christina Coates (15) was chosen from other North-East regional nominees by the RYA North-East committee and will now receive the Trident Trophy, an award won last year by Derwent Reservoir’s Helen Armstrong.
A talented windsurfer, Christina is the Kielder Speed League leader and the Freestyle Champion.
She is also a regular competitor in the RYA Team15 Inter-Club Championship and was fundamental in the development of the new Kielder Kestrels Team15 squad for 2013.
Christina said: “It was completely unexpected but I’m very proud to have been chosen to represent the region and the club.”
Ian Fair, a founder member of KWSC, added: “Christina is a huge asset to the club. Through her work as an assistant instructor, she passes on her experience and enthusiasm to the younger club members and windsurfers.”
A keen gymnast, Christina has to juggle many aspects of her life, including school exams and travelling to sports events.
On Wednesday evenings, she instructs junior gymnastics and then turns her hand to windsurfing in Kiedler at weekends.
In January, Christina and her family will travel down to the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show where she, along with the other RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners, will be awarded at the YJA Pantaenius National Young Sailor of the Year ceremony.
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