THINGS are speeding up for Sunderland’s very own boating champion.
Jordan Muckles, 15, already a junior speedboat world champion, is preparing to race ahead in the National Championship Series and the World Championships next year.
Now he has reflected on a successful 2011 season.
The Fulwell teenager has spent most of his weekends knuckling down to training or racing.
“I had a couple of club races in January and February,” said Jordan. “That helped me get used to handling the boat, which is the first one I have owned.”
A few technical difficulties saw the hull of Jordan’s boat split causing him to begin sinking in a race earlier this year in Bedfordshire.
Jordan said: “Luckily the hole happened towards the end of the race and I was able to keep going, but very, very slowly as I was filling with water fast.
“We got the boat out and started to work on the hull straight away to get me out for the last race.
“A lot of people helped me as they knew I had a good chance to win the National Championships.
As a result, Jordan finished third in the UK for 2011 National Championships.
Jordan added: “This was great for my first year, but annoying because I could have won it without the problems with my boat.”
Jordan is now looking forward to a jam-packed 2012 with the National Championship Series running between April and September, plus the World Championships in Finland in June.
Jordan said: “Next year I hope to get some sponsorship to carry on my racing with no problems with my boat, which will then give me a good chance of winning the nationals, and the sprints and even the Worlds in 2012.”