Young­ster sails away with back-to-back award wins

South Western Times - - Sport - Justin Fris

Promis­ing sailor Will Drew capped off an­other fan­tas­tic year by record­ing back-to-back wins in the Myles Ju­nior Sport Star of the Year award last night.

De­spite a hotly con­tested field, the 15-year-old’s achieve­ments, cou­pled with his com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, en­sured he was de­clared a unan­i­mous win­ner by the judges.

Dur­ing the for­mal in­ter­view process, Will spoke about a re­cent turn­ing point in his ca­reer, while on rep­re­sen­ta­tive duty in­ter­state.

While sail­ing in New South Wales, the young­ster met for­mer New Zealand gold medal­list Sir Rus­sell Coutts and was given an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time.

As the only West Aus­tralian in at­ten­dance, Will did not know many sailors and Coutts gave him a chance to train with the New Zealand team.

Even though he was not an of­fi­cial squad mem­ber, Coutts treated him as one of his own – a bond which Will has never for­got­ten.

The young­ster said he loved the in­clu­sive­ness of sail­ing and was look­ing to test him­self fur­ther across all lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion next year. Fin­ish­ing a close run­ner-up was hockey player Georgina Dowd, who was se­lected in the School Sport Aus­tralia un­der 16s All-Aus­tralian team.

Pic­ture: Mitchell Wood­cock

Young sailor Will Drew shows off his awards.

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