Craig's on top of the world

Published: 3 Jun 2011 09:30

HERMITAGE Academy pupil Craig Waters has been awarded the Rotary Club prize for sporting talent.

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However, the sailing talent is aiming to go a lot higher in the sailing world.

The 17-year-old is currently sitting his highers at school but this summer he is competing in the prestigious Tall Ships Race, an event which attracted 800,000 people to Greenock 10 years ago.

He will be on board the Alba Endeavour for leg three of the voyage between Stavanger in Norway to Halmstad in Sweden before making the journey back to Inverness.

And he has already applied for the 2013-2014 round the world challenge which would see him visit places such as Spain, Australia, America and Thailand as well as others in an 11-month adventure.

The young sailer was delighted with winning the Rotary Club award and says it has inspired him to win more silverware. He now hopes to compete in the biggest events the sport has to offer.

He told Sport Scene: "I didn't expect to win the award.

"I got a bit of stage fright when I was collecting it as I don't like standing up in front of people but it was worth it to collect the prize.

"When I was standing there holding the trophy it made me realise I want more. I have watched the round the world event on TV and I really want to compete in it."

Waters now has to turn his attentions to trying to find sponsorship to fund his entry to the afore mentioned events.

•THE Ocean Youth Trust Scotland aims to become the leading provider of youth work at sea in the UK, for young people aged 12 to 24, in a safe yet unique environment. For more information, visit www.oytscotland.org.uk.

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