South West Water is supporting Cornish windsurfer Izzy Hamilton
Izzy, from Bude in North Cornwall, is a professional windsurfer on the British sailing team. The 23-year-old races in the Olympic RS:X class, and is currently British female number two. A former Youth World Champion, she has postponed finishing her degree in Geography at Exeter University to concentrate on representing Great Britain on the world stage.
She said: "I learned to windsurf at South West Water's Tamar and Roadford Lakes, which are beautiful places to learn and perfect for windsurfing. I loved it from the start. I've got my sights on Tokyo 2020 and any Olympics after that and the practical support from South West Water is very welcome.
"We're really lucky here in the South West to have good water quality, and the sea is really clean. That's definitely not the case around the world. I do a lot of surfing in Bude where I grew up - in fact the whole coastline in the South West is great for windsurfing, sailing, surfing and swimming."
South West Water's Head of Communications Alan Hyde said: "Water helps people to lead active, healthy lives and Izzy is a South West athlete who has a close association with our reservoirs. She's a great ambassador for the sports and outdoor pursuits available on our lakes and an informed supporter of our drive to deliver even cleaner seas for the South West.
"We wish her all the best for the year ahead and hope to see her flying the flag for the South West in Tokyo. Our staff and the surfing community in the region will be willing her on."