Ireland's Sophie Murphy Excited For Home Championships
Sophie Murphy At the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds
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2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds
Dublin Bay, Ireland
Ireland's Sophie Murphy will be in familiar territory at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships this July as she competes in home waters in Dublin Bay, Ireland.
"I am honoured to have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds, especially since it is taking place in Ireland this year,"
said Murphy. "It is the ultimate championship for any youth sailor."
Murphy is no stranger to the ISAF Youth Worlds having competed at the 2010 event in Istanbul, Turkey and the 2011 edition in Zadar, Croatia. But the 18-year-old also has the Youth Olympic Games up her sleeve having competed at Singapore 2010.
"The Youth Olympic Games 2010 was sailed in a Byte C11, and to qualify you had to finish in the top seven in the Byte C11 European Championships in Follonica, Italy,"
she said. "I finished sixth nation out of 31 and in doing so qualified for the Youth Olympics 2010 in Singapore. It was the most thrilling sailing event for me to date.
"I also had the privilege of representing Ireland again in the ISAF Youth (Sailing) World Championships 2011, in Zadar, Croatia. This was my second ISAF Youth Worlds. I finished 11th overall, and 3rd under 18 female sailor. This was the best result for Ireland in the female single handed dinghy since 1971 when the ISAF Youth (Sailing) World Championships started."
With her steady progression throughout the years and her home town knowledge Murphy may be seen as the one to beat this July. But for now she's enjoying the sport and doing what she does best. Murphy added, "Sailing has been my favourite sport and the memories and friends I have made are the best part of the sport. Every time you sail the circumstances change. It's so exhilarating.
"To sail for Ireland is really the ultimate privilege for me. I want to thank all those people who have made it possible, namely my family, my coach Milan, the ISA, my team and all the friends with whom I love sailing.
"I feel very privileged to have sailed in four World Championships, and five European Championships, one Youth Olympic Games and three ISAF Youth World Championships. I look forward immensely to the event, and I hope I will do Ireland proud."