Bowerman and Allan taste glory at nationals

Ruth Allan, right, has sealed national glory
Ruth Allan, right, has sealed national glory
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Young sailors Owen Bowerman and Ruth Allan are continuing to make waves in the sport.

The duo have enjoyed a fantastic summer of success.

Bowerman, from Havant, came away with a stunning win at the recent national championships.

It was a dramatic contest with the 16-year-old edging victory close to home at the Hayling Island-hosted event.

Bowerman said: ‘We managed to win the nationals by a meter.

‘Coming into the last race we were tied for points so it was a tense finish.’

Victory has opened up a fantastic opportunity for Bowerman.

He has now been selected for the Tailored Support Squad which is a big boost for his future hopes.

‘The squad is the top two or three boy boats and top girl boat from the world and nationals,’ said Bowerman.

‘It gives more training over the winter period and can lead to more international events.

‘I’m happy to be in the squad and it means there is more pressure on people who didn’t get it because essentially it means less training for them’

Emsworth’s Allan, 17, has also enjoyed good results at the world and national championships.

She said: ‘We won the nationals ladies’ title again.

‘We managed a podium at the worlds where we got bronze and came 38th overall out of nearly 213 boats which was fantastic.

‘Being recognised on the world stage is something special.

‘We are keeping with the 29ers for another year and will hopefully get the ladies’ world title.’

Bowerman and Allan are both members of the Jaguar Academy of Sport.

Allan feels the support they receive from the scheme is crucial.

She said: ‘They have been a huge help, as travelling and entering the events can be expensive.

‘So with the support of Jaguar we have been able to go to different competitions and compete against the best people.’

The duo have also been able to take advice from some top sporting personalities.

Bowerman said: ‘The Jaguar Academy have been great in setting up all the mentor workshops and funding towards helping young athletes.

‘It’s nice to go to these weekends and meet people like Mark Foster and Dame Kelly Holmes and just get advice from them.

‘They only took 50 people into the programme.’