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A WINDSURFING group from Axbridge has been given a £14,000 boost to get it off the ground. Windsurfing group Over2You, which caters for youngsters aged 16-19, will now be able to buy equipment and pay for instructors so they can continue in the sport once

A WINDSURFING group from Axbridge has been given a £14,000 boost to get it off the ground.Windsurfing group Over2You, which caters for youngsters aged 16-19, will now be able to buy equipment and pay for instructors so they can continue in the sport once they leave the junior club.Previously the youngsters had nowhere to train after they became too old for the junior club, Axbridge Animals Team 15. George Shillito, one of the founding members of Over2You and an instructor for the Axbridge Animals, applied to the Department for Education and Skills for a grant to enable the youngsters to continue with the sport.He said: "As my ambition is for everyone to enjoy windsurfing, this funding looked like an awesome opportunity to take a step in that direction. It's great that the people who got into the sport through team 15 can keep going and even become instructors".Both groups are part of the Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club based at Cheddar Reservoir and there are now high hopes the club can produce some sporting champions.Local windsurfing legend Mike Hodge, of Wedmore, who acts as a mentor to the group, said: "With this funding and the excellent facilities at Cheddar Reservoir we can build on the extremely successful team 15 group and there's every chance a future world champion will emerge."Over2You is open to competent windsurfers aged 16-19. Anyone interested in joining the group can find out more at windsurfing@bcyc.org.uk* Pictured: Pippa Hambling, about to sail away on a brand new windsurfer, with George Shillito, Georgia Heaslip and Amy Barkus.


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