Animals retain their national windsurfing title

PUBLISHED: 14:47 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 03 October 2017

Axbridge Animals.

Axbridge Animals.

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Young windsurfers from Bristol Corinthian Club retained their national title as well as returning with two individual champions.

Young windsurfers from Bristol Corinthian Club have retained their national title to emerge as Team15 champions again.

The Axbridge Animals as they are more commonly known, battled strong winds at the National Junior Windsurfing Championships held at Grafham Water.

The team not only returned with the Team 15 championship title for the second year in a row, but also returned with two individual national champions.

Paige Cox (Portishead) won the girls 4.5m fleet national junior championships title and Ben Stoyles (Cheddar) won the boys 3.5m fleet national title.

The team, together with their coaches Andrew Lucas, Keith Shepherd and Libby Rodgers, have been training every week since April at their base in Cheddar reservoir. They say that meeting every week allows the team to work well together and that is what counts. “Meeting every Thursday to have fun on the water is one of my weekly highlights,” said Libby from Clevedon and a former member of the Axbridge Animals and now on the coaching team.

Other podium positions included: Ewan Foster in the 3.5 fleet second overall; Bettine Harris in the 5.8 fleet fifth overall and third girl; Toby Dawkins in the 6.8 fleet second overall; Bella Thompson in the 6.8 fleet 12th overall and second girl.

“Some of the children have only been training a few months and they too managed to score significant points for the team,” said Claire, the team’s co-ordinator and also a parent.

Nick Mole in the 4.5 fleet came in sixth overall having only just joined the club in April, while his brother Richard came in 14th in 5.8 fleet.

“They all sailed exactly as they trained and what they are capable of and as a coach, that is what you want,” said head coach Andrew.

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