Anna up for na­tional hon­our

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

A sailor from Cas­tle Dou­glas is in the run­ning for an award.

Anna Miller has been short­listed in the Class Academy Sailor of theYear Cat­e­gory in the Roy­alYacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land’s an­nual awards.

The award recog­nises ju­nior sailors who have been in­volved in de­vel­op­ing their skills through the class academy train­ing scheme through the win­ter.

Anna, who is a mem­ber of An­nan­dale Sail­ing Club and sails in the op­ti­mist class, has been short­listed af­ter con­tin­ued ap­pli­ca­tion and courage to push her­self in the big­ger groups when work­ing with all the more ex­pe­ri­enced sailors at the academies to de­velop her sail­ing skills.

This en­abled her to trans­fer these skills to try­ing out other boats, win­ning aTop­per event at North Ber­wick, join­ing Cas­tle Dou­glas High School’s team in the re­gional sail­ing re­gatta and win­ning two races and sail­ing a dou­ble han­der with her coach in Kipp­fordWeek and win­ning their class.

Anna said: “I feel that by go­ing to the academies it has made me a more in­de­pen­dent sailor and per­son across all ar­eas of life.This is be­cause the coaches make us take re­spon­si­bil­ity for not only or­gan­is­ing our boats and rig­ging but for analysing our per­for­mances on video al­most frame by frame.

“Also by en­cour­ag­ing us to set our own goals and mea­sure progress in them, I feel I have been able to im­prove my sail­ing in a fo­cused way by ap­ply­ing their feed­back. I’m happy that this year I’ve made steady progress in my re­sults and when I’ve had a poor re­sult I can iden­tify why.”

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony at sportscot­land Na­tional Cen­tre In­ver­clyde in Largs on Satur­day.

Short­list Anna Miller from Cas­tle Dou­glas

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