A BARRY pupil has been selected to join the Royal Yachting Association’s Welsh Youths Sailing Squad.

Efa Thomas, a Year Nine pupil at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, was first introduced to sailing when she attended a summer sailing course while in Year Five.

Since then, her interest and dedication has continued, and she is now a member of Cardiff Bay’s Sailing Club.

Her sail is ‘Topper Sailing’ and she has been racing consistently in order to gain her place in the Welsh squad for under 18-year-olds.

Training with the Welsh squad takes place in North, South and West Wales.

Sailors are encouraged to attend Welsh events, class ranking events, squad indicator events and International events. They will be offered event support by RYA Cymru Wales coaches at Welsh and class ranking events.

Barry And District News: Efa Thomas is a pupil at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg

Ms Thomas said: "I’m so happy and glad that I have been chosen!

"I feel that all the hard work training is now bearing fruit and that determination leads to success.

"I would like to concentrate on improving in the sport before considering it as a future."


Headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, Mr Rhys Angell-Jones, said: "We as a school are very proud of Efa.

"She is a determined young woman who applies herself to everything that she does and works hard.

"Efa is a well-rounded pupil who takes advantage of every opportunity offered to her in school and beyond.

"We wish her well as she trains with the Welsh squad and look forward to following her success in the future."