Harrogate sixth-former joins Paralympic champions at Cowes

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An A Level student from St Aidan’s and St John Fisher’s Associated Sixth Form in Harrogate will pull on her salopettes and spray jacket for the 2013 Aberdeen Assett Management Cowes Week.

Seventeen-year-old Bella Walsh is one of five female Paralympic female sailors from the British Paralympic Sailing Team racing in the Sonar class.

The GBR Paralympic Girls team consists of Hannah Stodel, two-time world champion in the Sonar and three-time Paralympian, Megan Pascoe – A 2.4 Mr Sailor currently ranked number one in the world.

Along with Bella are Carol Dugdale and Megan Harris, up-and-coming Paralympic sailors with big hopes for the future.

The girls are aiming to win the Sonar fleet and have also been nominated for the 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Ladies Day Trophy.

This aims to recognises the outstanding contribution, commitment, or achievement of women in sailing.

Chimera, the Sonar the girls will be sailing for the week, is a two-times World Championship winning boat.

She was also raced by the British Sonar sailing team at Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, as well as acting as a tuning boat for Beijing 2008.

With such impressive equipment, knowledge,drive and enthusiasm this will no doubt be an exciting week of racing for the team.

The 8,500 Cowes Week competitors range from Olympic and Paralympic athletes to weekend sailors and in excess of 100,000 come to watch the week-long event.

Having run since 1826, Cowes Week has played a key part in the British summer sporting calendar and is one of the Uk’s longest running and most successful sporting events.

To follow the progress of the GBR Paralympic Girls team, follow them on Twitter @GBRSailingGirls or on facebook at:/GBRParalympicSailingGirls

The team is sponsored by sponsored for the event by Volvo, Learning and Skills Solutions and Optimum Time.