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Atlantic, Lewis host sailing camp in Vessigny
Atlantic Sport Ambassador and Olympic sailor, Andrew Lewis was seven years old when his father sent him to his first sailing camp, where he developed a passion for the sport.
Since then the student has become the teacher, as he has hosted hundreds of children at various sailing camps across the country, including most recently, a five-day camp for the children of Atlantic’s employees.
“I had the opportunity, at a very young age, to be exposed to sailing, and that was the beginning of my passion for the sport. Hopefully, through these camps, I can be the start of a new sailing journey for someone else”, Lewis said.
The sailing camp, which was held at the Vessigny Beach Facility, attracted children between the ages of 8-15, and was part of Lewis’ ongoing series of sailing camps for young children in both Trinidad and Tobago. He has hosted sessions at Guapo Beach, Vessigny, Chaguaramas, and Pigeon Point in Tobago, and received recognition from the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company for his work with children, when he was named Community Coach for 2012 at the annual Spirit of Sports Awards.
As a former high performance coach in the sport of sailing, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with young sailing enthusiasts across the country and strengthening national interest in the sport.
Through this initiative, children learn more about boat safety, tying knots and preparing boats for water, culminating with the young sailors being able to navigate their own boats on the water.
“The way Andrew explained things, sailing became simple and enjoyable, and it is definitely something I would like to continue”, said 15 year old Kyron Smart, one of the participants in the sailing camp at Vessigny.
Lewis said not only was sailing fun, but the sport taught various lessons which children can apply to everyday life.
“Sailing demands discipline and really demands that you be alert, learn to be independent and confident in your abilities as a sailor. You also have a responsibility to maintaining your boat, and this helps to foster greater accountability among the kids”, he explained.
Lewis is currently participating in the CORK Olympic Class Regatta in Canada, which is another step in his preparation for the 2013 Laser World Championships which will be held in Oman in November.
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