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Liam Glynn celebrates world title with cash float

By Jim Gracey

A County Down teenager who has just been crowned world champion in his sailing class has been rewarded with a funding boost from the Rainbow Communications Sports Award scheme, in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.

Liam Glynn (15) from Bangor fought off fierce competition from 101 other sailors to lift the world title in the Topper class for 11-foot sailing dinghies at an international regatta off Brittany, France.

Accepting the accolade from Dame Mary Peters, Liam, said: "I have been sailing at Ballyholme Yacht Club in Bangor for over five years and it was such an unbelievable achievement to be crowned world champion at the end of July.

"I will move out of Toppers into the Laser Radial class in October.

"Receiving the Rainbow Communications bursary has been invaluable as I have been able to buy a sail and bottom mast section for a Laser Radial with the financial support.

"I love the sport because it requires great skill and stamina as well as intelligence and concentration to read wind and tidal conditions. I'm very grateful that this dedication has been recognised by the Mary Peters Trust."

Stuart Carson, sales and marketing director at Rainbow Communications, acknowledged: "I know Liam has been training exceptionally hard which paid dividends at the Topper World Championships and we are delighted the award has gone to such a talented sailor."

A monthly candidate from all recognised sports is chosen for the Rainbow award.

Liam, currently studying at Regent House Grammar School in Newtownards, has been tipped for future Olympic success by 1972 Pentathlon gold medallist Dame Mary who said: "Last summer we watched as Bangor man Ryan Seaton sailed in the Olympics and he too was once a star within the Topper class.

"It is one of the most competitive youth classes in the world so to be crowned world champion is an incredible feat.

"To date, the Mary Peters Trust has provided bursaries worth over one million pounds to young people in Northern Ireland."

To find about how to apply for the award visit www.marypeterstrust.org.

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This time last week the team were 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand, who needed just one race win to secure the trophy.

However, San Francisco Bay witnessed an incredible comeback as defender Oracle won eight consecutive races on match point to close out the series.

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