Olympic gold medallist Ayton helps Oakwood pupils set sail

Oakwood pupils on the water
Oakwood pupils on the water
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Pupils from Oakwood School are getting the experience of a lifetime this summer as they take part in sailing taster sessions at Bosham Sailing Club with a double Olympic gold medallist.

Sarah Ayton, who won sailing gold medals in both the Athens and Beijing Olympics, is supervising the programme, designed to give every pupil in Year 5 and 6 an introduction to sailing. She is hoping to pass on some of her passion for sailing and inspire children to take up the sport.

The first session saw 16 pupils aged nine to 11 out on Bosham channel in the brand new fleet of ‘oppies’ under the expert guidance of Ayton and instructors from Bosham Sailing Club.

Both novices and more experienced sailors alike thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and especially loved the chance to share a boat with an Olympic and world champion.

The scheme will continue every week throughout the summer term, with 20 children also taking an RYA qualifying course.

Oakwood pupils India Rose and Macy Martin-Moss

Oakwood pupils India Rose and Macy Martin-Moss

The scheme will continue every week throughout the summer term, with 20 children also taking an RYA qualifying course.