South West Water is supporting Cornish windsurfer Izzy Hamilton to help achieve her Olympic dreams.
Izzy, from Bude in North Cornwall, is a professional windsurfer on the British sailing team. She races in the Olympic RS:X class, and is currently ranked fifth in the world. A former Youth World Champion, she has postponed finishing her degree in Geography at Exeter University to concentrate on qualifying to represent Great Britain at Rio and beyond.
One year out from the Olympics the organising authority run a test event in the Olympic venue to prepare themselves and the competitors for the upcoming games. This year a series of events throughout the summer qualified one British windsurfer to go. Unfortunately I finished second in this trials process and am unable to compete. I would be a great step in preparation for the qualification series for the Olympics but as only one sailor per country can attend I cannot compete.
The British Team of training partners spent two weeks training in Rio before the competition started. We had an amazing time, learning lots about the wind patterns and tidal flows around the bay while practicing techniques and fitness in a fantastic venue. It is always an honour to be able to sail in such a unusual setting for a windsurfing event.
After a busy winter, spring and summer of training and racing I have a bit of down time to rest before the preparation for my world championships in Oman begins early September.
I am also very excited and pleased to announce that local company South West Water have offered to support my campaign to Rio and Tokyo Olympics. A company with deep ties to my sailing career. I learnt to sail on Roadford Lake, one of their drinking reservoirs and for the last 15 years I have drank their water at my home in North Cornwall. Offices are just down the road from my halls at University so we have many connections and have created a relationship that is already greatly influencing my campaign. Without the financial support of South West Water and Voyager Coffee Roasters I would never be able to campaign at the level I need to be ranked top 5 in the world.