In July 2018 at the APS sports celebration evening, you may recall announcing that students should try sailing at Phoenix Outdoor Centre. Well, in August 2018, Jadon went along to Phoenix Outdoor Centre and completed his RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage. Since August 2018, Jadon’s passion for sailing has continued: Jadon is now RYA Stage 2, 3 and 4 and Start Racing. Jadon was given the opportunity to participate in sailing at the 2019 London Youth Games at Queen Mary Sailing Club. We arrived at Queen Mary Reservoir to F4-F6 wind, white horses with occasional rain – very unfamiliar racing territory for Jadon. Nonetheless, Jadon had less than one year’s sailing experience when competing in the 2019 LYG along with very challenging weather and a retiring old boat. Jadon finished all 4 races and overall placed 10th out of 17 London Boroughs in his class.
Jadon is currently participating in the 2019 London Youth Sailing League and finished 1st at the second event, 3rd at third event and 4th at the fourth event. With one more event to attend he is in a strong position for a League medal. Over the past year, Jadon has worked intensely on his sailing outside of school. Following Jadon’s performance at the recent RYA UK Zone Squad selection events, Jadon has been selected to join the RYA UK Zone Squad Programme – London and South East Topper. “The Programme is to feed talented sailors into the RYA UK Junior Squad Programme at the appropriate age and ability to enable them to succeed at World and European Championships at Junior and Youth level”. Will are all agreed that these are great sporting achievements for Jadon and that – along with APS – his parents are extremely proud of his successes.