Congratulations to Lizzie Shapland on her selection for the NZ Youth Sailing Team
After winning the Youth Women’s at the 29er Nationals in June, Lizzie Shapland and her sailing partner Lucy Leith had to repeat the performance at the NZ Sailing Foundation Youth Championships held at Manly Beach this month. The Youth Championships are typically used as a trial event to pick the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team.
Lizzie and Lucy sailed extremely well and won the Youth Females category again. In a normal year they would be selected to compete at the Youth Worlds (which was scheduled to be in Brazil this year). Unfortunately this year's Youth Worlds were cancelled due to COVID-19, however a team was still picked after four days of intense racing at the Manly Sailing Club.
Lizzie and Lucy are one of the youngest crews ever to win this event. Although it is disappointing they won't be able to go overseas to compete, it is still a special achievement to make the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team. Congratulations to Lizzie and her sailing partner on their achievement.