Mak­ing waves

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

NEVER- SAY- DIE Tyther­ing­ton sailor Adam Russ is cre­at­ing waves on the world stage after a sum­mer tour­ing ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions across the con­ti­nent.

The high achiev­ing King’s School stu­dent cel­e­brated three A*s, three As, two Bs and a C in this sum­mer’s GCSEs with trips to Ega in Den­mark to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in the Laser Ra­dial Un­der-17 Euro­pean Youth Cham­pi­onships and then onto Dzi­wnow in Poland for the world event.

The RYA se­lected Adam in the wake of fel­low King’s sailor El­liot Han­son, who is now on the verge of an Olympic berth, for his out­stand­ing po­ten­tial and he’s re­paid their faith with some strong per­for­mances.

Still aged only 15 at the time of the com­pe­ti­tions and rac­ing against sailors two years his se­nior, Adam came 44th in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and 34th in the Worlds.

He then re­turned to the Bri­tain to com­pete at UK Laser Ra­dial Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Largs, Scot­land, an open-age event for adults as well as ju­niors, fin­ish­ing 29th out of 70 in the youth cat­e­gory.

Adam said: “To be a top sailor you must be fear­less and have a never-say-die at­ti­tude. What dis­tin­guishes Sir Ben Ainslie from the rest is that he sim­ply never gives up. He can be down, but he’s never out and that’s a fan­tas­tic motto for all young Bri­tish sailors to em­u­late.”

Sup­ported by some per­sonal spon­sor­ship from Wil­liams BMW and his par­ents, Karen and Phil Russ, the fam­ily has spent many days on Euro­pean roads and fer­ries, tow­ing the boat and clock­ing up 190,000 miles in their car.

He said: “It’s all about time man­age­ment, not just for me and my school work but for mum and dad as well.

“There are events all over the coun­try and we spend many week­ends trav­el­ling to Wey­mouth for the RYA squad ses­sions.”

His next am­bi­tion is to make the RYA Volvo Na­tional Youth Squad and then the Olympic De­vel­op­ment Squad and to that end is com­pet­ing in this month’s Laser Euro­pean and World Qual­i­fiers.

Mum Karen said: “Adam is in­cred­i­bly ded­i­cated. He goes to the gym many times a week to tone his mus­cles and he is metic­u­lous about his diet. No burg­ers, chips, pizza or any­thing like that, no fizzy drinks and very limited juice, he mainly drinks wa­ter and milk.”

Adam’s home club is Redesmere and he thanked the club for his start in the sport, say­ing: “It’s a won­der­ful club and I couldn’t rec­om­mend highly enough any young­ster start­ing un­der their watchful eye, but most of all I want to thank Mum and Dad and Wil­liams BMW.”

Barry Ed­wards, who be­gan coach­ing sail­ing at Kings in 1971, said: “Adam is is very de­ter­mined and the harder you work the bet­ter you get.

“He cer­tainly seems to have the work ethic to make it.”

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