Niamh needs our help and sponsorship to take up her place representing Team GB at the 420 Sailing World Championships in Japan July 2015.
About the project
My name is Niamh O’Neill, I am 17 years old and I have recently been selected to represent Great Britain as part of the Team GBR sailing team competing at the 420 World Championships in Japan in July 2015. We are the only South West ladies boat to be selected.
My late father, a keen yachtsman himself, taught me to sail Mirror dinghies at Restronguet Sailing Club in Mylor which is the same sailing club where Ben Ainslie started his sailing career. I then went on to be selected for the RYA National Junior Squad for two years. We achieved first place in ‘Falmouth Dinghy Week’ and also competed in the European and National Championships the following year. Having progressed into the ‘South Development Squad’ with my current helm Rebecca, we then went on to become the ‘South West Mirror Champions’ in 2013.
Rebecca and I then progressed onto 420 dinghies and have gone on to compete in the Youth National Championships in Weymouth for the last two years. After a series of qualifying events this season, we have been selected as one of seven ladies boats to represent GBR at the forthcoming World Championships in Japan this July.
After having lost my father to cancer two years ago, I have been determined to keep sailing competitively. In order to take up my place representing Team GBR at the World Championships it is vital that I attract sponsorship or funding to cover the costs of my participation. I have saved over a £1,000 for a car which I will now be putting in full towards my costs for Japan, and I need your help to raise as much as possible to make up the difference. The total cost will be £5000 – this includes specialist squad coaching, all travel expenses, accommodation, chartering of the dinghy, rigging equipment and sailing kit.
Any help you can offer me would be very much appreciated. If I manage to make it to Japan I promise to do my absolute best to represent British sailing.
Thank you so very much