The UK Youth Olympic Games hopefuls need your help




Five young athletes from Exmouth have their sights set on the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This will be the first time that kitesurfing is included as a discipline, and these Exmouth youngsters are hoping to make history by representing Great Britain in 2018.

Tom (17), Eddie (17), Rachael (14), Ben (16) and Stan (14)* are all keen kitesurfers, regularly competing in Devon and around the UK. With big Olympic dreams, the 2018 Youth Olympic Games is the perfect platform to kickstart their international competitive careers – but they need the help of the public to get there.



The young athletes will be fundraising to reach the qualifiers, taking place in Morocco and China. With a £10,000 target to hit, the youth kitesurfers will be hosting a fundraising party on 2nd December 2017 at The Beach House, Exmouth, with all welcome to attend. Organising and catering the event entirely themselves, the youngsters have already sold over 100 tickets – but they hope that this number will grow in the coming weeks. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.



One hopeful athlete, Rachael (14) said, “I’m a passionate kitesurfer, so representing my country is a huge dream of mine. I only started the sport last year, but my ability has never stopped me and I’m constantly improving – I’m always pushing the limits and claimed my first British Freestyle title very early on. I’m hoping to claim many more and with the first ever Youth Olympic kitesurfing qualifiers just around the corner, it’s something that would be amazing to attend!”

Local kitesurfing legend, Steph Bridge, is also supporting the appeal and is encouraging local businesses to donate to the cause: “It’s great to see more and more young people willing to compete – and indeed, succeed – in kitesurfing, but the travel involved is often difficult and expensive. I hope that people from the community and beyond will pull together to help these talented young athletes achieve their goals”.



The group have set up a GoFundMe page for anyone able to help support their Olympic goal


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