A talented young sailor at Rydal Penrhos has been given “Elite Athlete” status from Sport Wales enabling him to continue his training amid coronavirus restrictions.
Llion Morris, a Year 10 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, was recently given ‘Elite Athlete’ status by the national governing body, which has been crucial for the aspiring star ahead of some big challenges in the coming months on the national stage.
This has allowed Llion to continue training despite increasing measures being implemented by the Welsh Government, with the country currently in the middle of a ‘fire-break’ lockdown to prevent a further rise in COVID-19 cases.
It also permits the pupil to compete at events across the country, with Llion aiming to secure qualification to the European and World Championships as the year progresses.
Llion is a highly decorated sailor who has developed his skills significantly in recent years. This has resulted in some outstanding regional and national competition successes and selection to a number of RYA Cymru Wales squads.
His exceptional progression on the water brought another outstanding distinction for Llion, who was upgraded from the ITCA GBR National Topper Squad to the RYA UK Junior Squad for their winter training.
Rydal Penrhos has a rich history of sailing success, with the provision recently celebrating its 60th anniversary and makes full use of the school’s stunning location on the North Wales coast.
The school is accredited by the Royal Yachting Association and enables both Prep and Senior pupils to participate and enjoy the freedom of boating, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking in a safe and fun environment.
One of the very few schools in the UK able to teach sailing and water-sports as part of our enhanced school curriculum for pupils from Year 3 to Year 8, Rydal Penrhos also offers certification at RYA Level 1-4 and beyond; Sailing with Spinnakers, Performance Sailing, Seamanship Skills and powerboat courses up to Level 2.
Rydal Penrhos is now able to offer private tours to prospective pupils and their families.