The Cyprus squad participating in the Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship has been named.
The young Cypriot sailors are aware of the challenging task ahead of them, since this is an event for the global elite of young sailors. They are under rigorous training with the supervision of their coaches. Playing in home court is undoubtedly a motive for them.
"This is a very difficult effort for our young athletes since we have to deal with high level opponents,"
said John Papazoglou, coach at the Limassol Nautical Club. "What's more, this is our first participation in the 29ers and SL16 classes, while in class 420, we use 470 and this presents an additional challenge.
"The young sailors are well prepared to represent Cyprus in the best possible light."
The young Cypriot sailors feel particularly excited that they are given the opportunity to participate in such a high caliber event. At the same time they are extremely proud in representing their country. Yet, they are fully aware of the challenges.
"We will try to do our best for Cyprus in this event involving high-level athletes. The fact that it is conducted in our country is an advantage for us,"
said Joseph Herodotus (Limassol, Nautical Club, born on 7/11/96) who will compete in the Laser Radial Boys. "This is an opportunity for everyone to see the sport of sailing live, especially youth who possibly want to pursue the sport professionally,"
"I feel a little strange and it is true that I am a little nervous about these games , since very good athletes from around the world will participate. The fact that the event is staged in our island is good for us. We will try for the best,"
said 18- year old (born on 2/7/95) Helen Kiriakidou (Kyrenia Nautical club ) participating in the Laser Radial Girls.
13- year old Harris Papazoglou and Orestis Germanos (Limassol Nautical Club) who will compete in the 29er class will represent Cyprus for the first time in the class. They look at the opportunity with a dose of optimism, "This is our first time for this type of race but we see it as a stepping stone for the future,"
says Harris Papazoglou (born on 12/17/2000 adding that they will try their very best.
Orestis Germanos (born on 10.3.2000) feels the same, "It will certainly be hard but I am hopeful that all will go well. We are very proud to represent our island."
The talented and aspiring Onisiforos Neofytou will compete in class SL16 and recently placed first in the "Youth Island Games" in Corsica from 22-25 May.
"The fact that the event will take place in our island, is a big opportunity for the entire team. We know the sea water very well and this will act as an advantage compared to athletes coming from abroad. We just have to hope for the very best,"
The team of eight boys and four girls, competing across five different classes at the youth sailing event, is as follows:
Laser Radial Boys: Josef Irodotou (Limassol Nautical club)
Laser Radial Girls: Eleni Kyriakidou (Kerynia Nautical club)
29er: Haris Papazoglou, Orestis Germanos (Limassol Nautical club)
RS:X Boys: John Vyrides (Kerynia Nautical club)
RS:X Girls: Ioanna Avraamidou (Kerynia Nautical club)
420 Boys: Rafail Theoharous, Mihalis Panagiotou (Limassol Nautical club )
420 Girls: Tatiana Aygousti, Anna Konstantinou (Kerynia Nautical club)
SL16: Onisoforos Neofytou, Sotiris Fanaris (Famagusta Nautical Club, Larnaka Nautical club )
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