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Young looks to the future after 'disappointing' Radial Worlds

The RYA released the following reaction to defending champion Alison Young finishing 33rd at the Radial Worlds - Olympian resolves to improve following 'wake-up call' . . .

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“I’m very disappointed with my results here,” reflected Young. “I really failed to perform at this event."

"It’s been a poor season and this event has been a bit of a wake-up call that I really need to address some big weaknesses and get back on track."

“You can’t keep getting away with not doing that. I need to focus on my programme over the winter and through the rest of the cycle to really nail the weaknesses and step up.”

“The light winds aren’t my favoured conditions but I think there’s more mistakes that I’ve made that aren’t due to the weather conditions."

“In the time [before the Europeans] we can start to move forwards and work on some of those areas.”

What I find jarring about the comments are that, 'a bit of a wake-up call' and 'You can’t keep getting away with not doing that' is after two Olympic cycles and 8 years!

Have Young and her RYA coaches apparently not considered her light weather weakness a problem until now, and have assumed that her strong weather performance would cover the gap.

Or, more likely they are only interested in the likely weather conditions at the 2020 Olympic venue.

Are Team GBR dinghy sailors really "professionals", earning a living from the results of their skills on a professional circuit?

Or having no viable competitive circuit, are they professional Olympic competitors, locked into a four year training cycle - there are no visits to the Palace for World and European championship titles.

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28 August 2017 21:21 GMT


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