Sailor Clem Announced as Winner of Marlow Award

27th July 2017

YA BST Laser Radial sailor Clementine Thompson has been selected as the first winner of the new look Marlow Ropes British Sailing Team Quarterly Award after creating a video that demonstrated her passion for the sport and commitment to excellence.

Marlow Ropes has supported the British Sailing Team for nearly 20 years through the award given to an up and coming sailor on the Olympic Pathway. Many top competitors, including Hannah Mills, Giles Scott and Nick Thompson have benefited from this award over the years putting the 20-year-old from Guernsey in good company.

In order to bring the award up to date this year, for the first time sailors were asked to nominate themselves for the award by making a short video explaining how they matched up against the team’s core values over the previous three months.

Seven videos were received from the Team’s Podium Potential Pathway group this quarter and the quality was extremely high, but Clementine stood out after nominating herself in a poem documenting the highs and lows of life as a professional sailor and her determination to succeed.

Marlow Ropes Managing Director Jon Mitchell said:

“The quality of the entries was really excellent! But it had to be Clementine in my view. She produced a really great video in all respects – not only does she describe the physical and mental commitment to racing, but also the emotional highs and lows she has (and will continue to) experience, plus it rhymes!

“She should be congratulated on a video that should also inspire other sailors!”

Clementine, who joined the British Sailing Team’s Podium Potential Pathway group in 2016 will receive £2500 worth of rope to help towards her campaign.

“Thank you so much to Marlow for presenting me with their quarterly award! I hope with my video that I can give people a snapshot of the life of a professional sailor with all its ups and downs.

“Now I can stock up on rope and keep my boat in excellent condition. It’s really exciting to win this award and I can’t wait to upgrade my lines. I’m very grateful for the support.”

Report by Emma Donovan from Marlow Ropes

*Clem has recently won bronze at the Under 21 Women’s European Championships and will soon travel to Nieuwport in Belgium to sail at the World U21s*

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