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Wanted! Male athletes sought for Olympic kite talent search

Written by 12th August 2021 Featured-post, Paris 2024

We’re bringing back our highly successful, award-winning #Kite4Gold talent search – and this time we’re on the hunt for male athletes to take up the Olympics’ newest sport.

With Tokyo 2020 proving a huge success and just three years to go until the Paris 2024 Olympics, the British Sailing Team is looking to bolster its men’s Formula Kite team.

If you’re British, aged between 16 and 21, highly competitive and love going fast on the water, we want to hear from you.

Formula Kite is a cutting edge, high-performance hydrofoiling sport that sees riders race round a course at blistering speeds of up to 55 knots (63 mph).

Initially it was thought that the discipline would make its Olympic debut as a mixed event, but in May 2021 World Sailing opted for separate men’s and women’s events.

Connor Bainbridge in action. © Oliver Hartas

The original #Kite4Gold was launched in September 2018 and by the following summer had produced a raft of international-level riders including a European champion in Ellie Aldridge.

It was so successful that the programme was named the Biggest Breakthrough in High Performance Sport at UK Sport’s prestigious PLx awards ceremony in 2020.

Working with the English Institute of Sport, UK Sport and British Kitesports, the British Sailing Team is now looking to identify between three and six male riders with the potential to become world class.

We’re particularly keen to hear from sailors who race fast classes. Those shortlisted will be expected to attend the following camps:

  • Camp 1: September 2-5 at Easy Riders in Poole
  • Camp 2: September 18-21 at Easy Riders in Poole
  • Camp 3: October 16-17 at Easy Riders in Poole
  • Camp 4: November 6-7 at Venue TBC
  • Camp 5: November 27-28 at Venue TBC

To apply to be part of #Kite4Gold, click here. The deadline for applications is midnight on August 19, so get your application in now. If you have any questions, please contact kite4gold@rya.org.uk.