Wisbech Lions help Olympic windsurfing hopeful Luke Hayes, 13, of Wisbech Sea Cadets
Wisbech Lions have helped Olympic hopeful Luke Hayes, 13, who was crowned UK Windsurfing Association National Boys champion – despite only taking up the sport a year ago.
He got interested in the sport through his membership of Wisbech Sea Cadets and has been with them since he was 10 years old.
He went to the championships at Grafham Water, near Huntingdon, to gain experience and surpassed expectations.
He had already won two regional medals in the Midlands.
The teenager then competed against 200 other hopeful competitors in 10 races in September. He steadily saw off the challenges and rose from 14th, to sixth and finally second place. He was the first boy overall.
The championships are part of the process of selection for the Zone Squad, a part of the pathway to possible Olympic selection.
Luke has attended weekly team sessions with sea cadets at Thrapston and has taken part in Royal Yacht Association training.
He has the determination and support of the Wisbech Sea Cadets and his mother Nicola to make his way to the Great Britain Olympic team. Like ‘Eddie the Eagle’, he is a young man with a dream.
Luke hopes to raise £2,500 sponsorship to help purchase a new windsurfing board, clothing and accessories.
On Tuesday, November 19, members of Wisbech Lions visited the Sea Cadets where vice president Alan Edmunds presented Luke with £300 for appropriate clothing. The regional chair, Lion Paul Southerton from King’s Lynn Lions Club, was at the club meeting where the application was raised.
As Luke lived in the catchment for KL Lions he has since had agreement for their club to pledge £300 towards a new board.
Luke was very thankful and asked that he display the International Lions Club logo on his clothing and equipment. He is a keen user of Instagram and has a Facebook page.
Lion Alan Edmunds said: “This is an excellent way for our club members to encourage our young people to be active, competitive and respectful.
"We wish Luke great success over the coming years and are confident he will be a great advocate of the Lions organisation.”
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