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Laser sailor to cross Irish Sea

30th May 2008

Tiffany Brien, a 17-year-old Laser sailor from Belfast, will sail solo from Northern Ireland to Scotland this June to raise money for a Belfast sailing charity.

The youngster, part of the ISA Academy, hopes to raise enough to buy Sailability Northern Ireland their first Skud boat.

Tiffany Brien, sailing to Scotland for charity

Brien, the current Northern Ireland Radial champion and the top Irish yourh in the class, has already proven herself internationally, and is heading to China with Olympic Radial sailor Ciara Peelo as her training partner.

Selectors already have an eye on Brien for the 2012 Olympics, and she hopes to assist disabled sailors in going to the same games by providing Belfast with its first paralympic Skud class boat.

“A really worthwhile cause deserves the best of challenges,said Brien.

"I am really looking forward to it, especially as I will be setting off from home, here in Northern Ireland. To have an opportunity to raise funds for Sailability and the future NI Paralympics team is priceless to me, especially when my personal goal is to compete in the 2012 Olympics.”

Tiffany will single-handedly sail across the Irish Sea, approximately 30 miles, in her Laser Radial, the Women’s Olympic Boat. Tiffany is Northern Ireland Young Sailor of the Year and last summer finished 13th in the Youth World Championships in Canada.

The young sailor sets sail in June and will have the support of the Sailability team to motivate her, Bill Foster the chairman of Belfast Lough Sailability comments: “We were overwhelmed when Tiffany approached us with her idea. Her dedication is more than admirable and her fundraising will be invaluable to our charity and the disabled people who benefit from Sailability.” Team

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