16 year old Robert York is a windsurfer from Skegness.
Most memorable achievement:
I have been national champion for the last two years. I am ranked 9th in Europe in the U15s and 23rd in the world in the U17s.
I have recently come back from the World Championships coming a disappointing 25th however it was a strong fleet of 200 competitors. After the Worlds, I moved onto the Olympic board and started competing in some under 19 classes where I have had some good top 3 results. Following these results I have been selected for the under 19 youth squad in which I will train with next season. In a couple of weeks I go to the under 17 European Championships in Spain where I hope to get a top 20 result. I hope to get as much enjoyment as possible out of this competition as it is my last event in the under 17 class.
I have had a really successful season to date, winning all 8 competitions I have taken
part in, not always easily! I have worked really hard in the gym as well as on the water.
This has helped by improving my stamina and endurance. I have enjoyed four overseas competitions, which has given me an insight into the calibre of the sailors I will face in the upcoming World Championships.
My main focus at present is on the Techno World Championships in Medemblick,
Holland, in August. I am currently out on the water 3 times a week, as well as 3 days in the gym or out on my road bike. My aim for the Worlds is to finish in the top five!
I have also just been selected to represent Team GB at the Techno European
Championships in Spain in October.
I will be moving into the next age category next year and consequently I need to
Complete 3 selection events on the Olympic board, the RSX, in order to try and secure a place in the U19 squad
Inland 1 Pitsford 1st
North Sea Cup:
Sea Cup 1 North Wales 1st
Sea Cup 2 Herne Bay 1st
Sea Cup 3 South Wales 1st
There are no competitions during the winter
I have got my first competition of the year in Northampton on 20/4/12. It is Cup 1 in the UKWA Inland Series. More importantly I travel to Holland on 27th April for the first round of the North Sea Cup to represent GBR. The UKWA Sea Cup series begins the first weekend in May at Phwthelli , North Wales.
I have had a good winters training, with many trips to Weymouth to train with the National Squad. I have focussed heavily on more gym work this winter, together with my usual road cycle training. I am looking forward to a successful season.