Matt sails back to school after contests

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A TEEN has gone back to school with more than just a new uniform after picking up numerous sporting accolades.

Matt Chambers, a 13-year-old pupil at Mount St Mary’s College, put his summer break to good use by furthering his aspirations to sail for Great Britain.

The Owlthorpe student was the youngest sailor to compete in the Youth Nationals where he came 43rd out of 60.

He also competed at regional level in the Yorkshire and Humber sailing competition, called The Travellers, where he came 14th out of 65.

Matt said: “It has been a busy summer with some key competitions taking place at national and regional level which were great experience and helped me to progress further.”

Matt sails with one of the most common dinghy hulls known as the Laser hull, which are also used in Olympic competition.

The teenager’s love for sailing started when his dad, Garry Chambers, bought him a boat at six months and Matt hasn’t looked back since.

As he quickly progressed Matt has helped fellow pupils learn to sail over previous summer holidays.

He also took part in a 24 hour race last year for Rotherham Sailing Club under extreme weather conditions which saw his boat capsize in crashing waves but still finish the race.

Laurence McKell, headmaster at Mount St Mary’s, in Spinkhill, said: “We are very lucky to have so many fine sportsmen and women here at Mount St Mary’s and in such a wide variety of sports.

“It is great to see pupils like Matt continuing with their talent and passions in the summer break.

“I am sure using his time wisely will pay of for Matt - he is a very talented sailor and definitely one to watch in the future.”