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Hutchings eyes 2024 Olympic Games after test event selection

FORMER Plymouth College pupil Paddy Hutchings has his eyes on competing at the 2024 Olympics Games in Paris after earning selection to represent Great Britain at a test event in America.

Hutchings has been given the chance to compete in the mixed double-handed off-shore event, which will make its debut at the Olympics in France.

He will represent his country in Newport, Rhode Island, this May.

The competition, which will follow a nine-day training camp, will be 24 hours long and the whole race will be live-streamed.

Hutchings is delighted with his selection. He said: “This is a huge break for me in my career as a sailor. I’ve dreamt of going offshore sailing for years. To have opportunities like this as a result of the new event in the Olympics, and to be involved in these opportunities, is amazing.

“This event is the first of its kind to be held so I feel really lucky to part of the select few to be trialling it.”

Niall Myant, head coach of the British Keelboat Academy, said: “The Olympics are moving in a much needed direction of mixed gender sports, reflecting the way the world outside of sport is for most of us.

“For our athletes to get a chance to compete at this event in New York, representing their country, on the first event to follow this new Olympic format is very exciting.

“Not only that, but training alongside and learning from some of the best sailors in the world is vital at the start of this year’s Olympic pathway.”

Hutching is currently in search of potential new sponsors to support his Olympic sailing dream.


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