Following on from a successful season with the Northern Ireland Youth Sailing Squad, including competing at the World Championships at Lake Garda Italy, Sam Rutherford 9C has been selected to the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland Laser Youth Squad for the 2015/16 season.
As Sam only turned 13 at the start of September he is one of the youngest to ever be selected to represent Northern Ireland in this class of Dinghy. The squad is made up of the best 18 youth Sailors in the province RYANI Performance Squads are run by the RYANI with funding from Sport Northern Ireland. In addition the squad sailors are required to attend and compete at key National Events, practice in their own time and meet fitness testing targets.
The objective is to get the sailors into the elite IRL or GBR National Squad. Sam will now represent Northern Ireland at National and European Events and subject to qualification the Laser 4.7 Words in Kiel Germany in August 2016.