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Jessica crowned Rutland Sportswoman of the Year

Year 12 student Jessica Nelson was crowned Rutland Sportswoman of the Year at the Active Rutland Community Sports Awards for her recent successes in sailing. The awards champion outstanding athletes based on hard work, commitment and sporting success over the past year.

Jessica has had an incredible season which culminated in her selection for the GB Youth Sailing squad after a strong performance with her sailing partner at the RYA Youth National Championships. The GB Youth Sailing squad is designed to enable the best British sailors to develop their racing skills so they can succeed on the international stage, with the intention of successfully competing at the World/European Championships and following the Olympic pathway to Team GB.

Jessica commented, “It was amazing to win the award and be named Rutland’s Sportswoman of the Year, as there were so many other outstanding athletes in attendance. Since the awards evening, I have been asked to talk to the local Rutland Youth Sailability group, to encourage them to continue with the sport.”