Rydal Penrhos’ sailing department has received another huge boost with the arrival of a well-respected international coach.
Stephanie Devaux-Lovell will be working with the school’s talented sailors over the next few weeks under the guidance of programme head Max Todd, and the pair also recently worked together at the Performance Racing Clinic over the half term break.
The 22-year-old hails from St Lucia and has competed at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore aged 14 after taking up the sport as an eight-year-old.
She said: “The Youth Olympics was the most extraordinary experience I had ever had and it opened my eyes to the world of Olympic competition. It was here that my dream of going to the Olympic Games was created.
“Ever since then, my life has been revolved around achieving this dream. The road to the Games was not easy as it required a lot of sacrifice, hard work and determination.
“Luckily, I had a great support system who believed in me and made my Olympic campaign possible.”
Her dream of competing at another landmark event were realised when Stephanie represented her country at the Olympic Games in Rio, where she competed in the Women’s Laser Radial event and secured an impressive 29th placed finish overall.
Following the games, the coach took up a place at the University of Toronto in Canada, where she is also training to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“My passion for sailing continues to grow and I hope to one day win St Lucia it’s first ever Olympic medal,” added Stephanie.