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2014 Patrick Keech
Patrick Keech

Sport

Sailing

Achievements to date

I first had an interest in sailing at the age of 8 where I began sailing on a small local lake, unknown of how my career would turn out. I then progressed into toppers where I was selected for the RYA South East Zone squad. I participated in this squad for 2 years and then at the age of 14 I moved onto the current class of boat I am racing which is the 29er. The 29er is a skiff styled dinghy which leads in to the larger Olympic 49er class. It is a two man trapeze boat with an A-symmetric spinnaker. I have racing this class for 3 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I was first selected for the RYA National Transitional Squad, before being selected for the RYA National Youth squad the following year which consists of the best 12 boats in the country.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Being selected for the RYA National Youth squad.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

My biggest disappointment would be at this year’s National Championships where I got concussion on the first day of racing and had to be brought ashore and put into an ambulance.

Most respected sportsperson

Lance Armstrong (Cycling)

Ritual before sporting competition

Always double check the boat over and make sure nothing is broken.

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