A County Down teenager who has just been crowned the Topper World Champion has been awarded an esteemed Rainbow Communications Sports Award in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.
15-year-old Liam Glynn from Bangor, who fought off fierce competition to win against 101 other sailors at the international regatta in Brittany in France, becomes the latest young sports star to receive the funding.
Accepting the accolade from Dame Mary Peters, Liam, who is ranked number one in Topper sailing in Ireland, said:
“I have been sailing at Ballyholme Yacht Club in Bangor for over five years and it was such an unbelievable achievement to be crowned world champion at the end of July.
“I will move out of Toppers into a Laser Radial in October, and have just taken part in my first event in this class at the 2013 Laser Nationals in Crosshaven in Cork.
“Receiving the Rainbow Communications bursary has been invaluable as I have been able to buy a sail and Bottom Mast section for a Laser Radial with the financial support.
“I love the sport because it requires great skill and stamina as well as intelligence and concentration to read the wind and tidal conditions. I’m very grateful that this dedication has been recognised by the Mary Peters Trust.”
Stuart Carson, Sales and Marketing Director at Rainbow Communications, said:
“I know Liam has been training exceptionally hard which paid dividends at the Topper World Championships and we are delighted the Award has gone to such a talented sailor.
“Liam has done Bangor and Ireland proud, and we are extremely pleased the Award has allowed him to prepare for his move into the Laser Radial class, which I’m sure will bring him more success.”
A monthly candidate from all recognised sports will be chosen for the Rainbow Communications grant.
Liam, who is currently studying at Regent House Grammar School in Bangor, has been tipped for future Olympic success by Dame Mary Peters, who said:
“Last summer we watched as Bangor man Ryan Seaton sailed in the Olympics and he too was once a star within the Topper class.
“Topper sailing is one of the most competitive youth classes in the world so to be crowned world champion is an incredible feat.
“To date, the Mary Peters Trust has provided bursaries worth over one million pounds to young people in Northern Ireland and it’s fantastic to see the Rainbow Communications bursary going to individuals such as Liam who will undoubtedly become a top senior sailor.”
To find about how you can apply for the award, visit www.marypeterstrust.org.
First Published: 27/09/13