Developers support duo's Olympic sailing dreams
2:02pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
TWO Olympic hopefuls - Jemma Viney and Matilda “Tilly” Matthews - are setting sail on a new challenge as they look to take the sailing world by storm.
Jemma, from Cardiff, and Tilly, from Barry, both members of Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, have teamed up for the double-crew 420 Class after previously competing in the single-sailor Optimist Class and hope to challenge for a future Olympic place.
The girls, both 15, are mixing their training with studies - Jemma is a pupil at Cowbridge Comprehensive, while Tilly attends Ysgol Bro Morgannwg in Barry.
Training for the Olympics can be an expensive business, but, thanks to sponsorship from Greenbank Partnerships, owners of Figurehead Homes, which is behind the £200m Cardiff Pointe development next to Cardiff Bay YC, many of Jemma and Tilly’s training costs have been covered.
Having graduated from a junior single-handed class, Jemma was in the Great Britain squad for two years and selected to represent GB in the European Championships in Hungary earlier this year, while Tilly represented the Welsh squad.
The duo now face a major new challenge to balance their training, a full calendar of international events, their education and production of a blog to keep fans up to date with their progress and how their coaching is coming along.
Jemma said: “Tilly and I are extremely grateful to Figurehead Homes and Cardiff Pointe for their support with our sailing.
“The extra specialist coaching will be a great help to us in the move to the new class of boat. Our sailing will take us to competitions throughout the UK and Europe and we hope to get some good results.”
Jonathan Smith, of Figurehead Homes, said: “We are delighted to support Jemma and Tilly in their ambitions, and it’s also great to be neighbours of Cardiff Bay Yacht Club and to continue to build on our relations with them in such a positive way.”