Connor Bainbridge discovered the John Merricks Sailing Trust almost by accident and wanted to say a massive thanks and pass it on to the rest of the youth windsurfing world. Here is what he had to say.
“Without financial support from other people, 1996 Olympic 470 Silver Medallist, John Merricks would never have been able to fulfil his ambitions and demonstrate his remarkable talent for sailing. Set up by those closest to John following his untimely death, The John Merricks Sailing Trust seeks to help other young sailors achieve their goals.
Since 1997 the John Merricks Sailing Trust, a registered charity, has supported youth sailing by awarding more than 100 grants. Totalling over £163,000 these awards have been made to deserving individuals, clubs and youth organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to sailing and financial need.
The John Merricks Sailing Trust is proud to be supporting Youth Sailors in the United Kingdom and has assisted a number of up and coming Windsurfers in attending events and in purchasing necessary One Design equipment.
One of the most recent Windsurfer to benefit from the generosity of the Trust is Connor Bainbridge who has been supported to attend the European RS:X Youth Championships in Sicily this summer. Connor, aged 14, recently moved to sailing in the RS:X fleet after racing on the Techno One Design in the National Junior Squad. Connor has aspirations to one day represent Great Britain as a windsurfer at the Olympics. Attending international competitions is critical to gaining the experience necessary to achieve this goal and Connor is sincerely grateful to the John Merricks Sailing Trust for making this possible.
Should you wish to learn more about the Trust and the strong commitment and contribution they are making to the future of UK Sailing and Windsurfing then visit: www.jmst.org.uk“