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Windsurfing: Saskia Sills targets Rio

July 15, 2013

Windsurfer Saskia Sills is already targeting a place in the Rio Olympics ahead of this week’s World Youth Championships in Cyprus.


The 16 year old from Cornwall is the defending champion after winning in Dublin last year, but says that the Olympic Games is her ultimate goal.

“Until the sport was taken out of the Olympics I didn’t realise how much it was a part of me,” Saskia told BBC Spotlight:

“Now its gone back in I’ve got a goal and I want to go to the next Olympics.”

Sills, who was nominated for Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2012, earned selection for Cyprus after winning the Youth National Championship title in April.

“Although I wasn’t anywhere near going to the Olympics last year, it really did affect me when they dropped it – I thought, where do I go from here?” She continued.

“For Rio, I’ll still be quite young and with windsurfing you tend to peak the older you get and the more experience you get.

“I’ve got two girls ahead of me in Bryony Shaw and Izzy Hamilton, they’re both incredible surfers, so it’s a massive call to make Rio, but we’ll see.”

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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