A BRIGHT star in the world of powerboating is celebrating making a huge splash in his first full season.
Jordan Muckles, from Fulwell, has been competing in the 2011 RYA British GT30 Powerboat championships.
As the season comes to a close, with only one meeting left, 15-year-old Jordan sits in second place.
It’s a massive achievement for the teenager, who is up against much more experienced adult competitors, and Jordan’s dad, Neil, is proud of his son’s efforts.
“He’s done tremendous. He really has blown people away, He basically jumped into the boat and then went and won his first race.” said the 43-year-old.
In the first meeting of the championship, which contains nine meetings altogether, Jordan exceeded expectations and won all three races.
“He’s chuffed to bits. Obviously he’s a bit nervous at the minute, but he’s really looking forward to the final meeting,” said Neil.
“But the main thing we want out of it is sponsorship and recognition. He’s hoping to get backed by one of the big sponsors. It’s not cheap, believe me.”
Jordan has also been receiving plenty of support from his school in Monkwearmouth.
Neil added: “The school have been great. As long as his class work is up to date, they’re happy. They know Jordan’s priority, after his exams, is the boat.”
In addition to the British championship, Jordan also took part in this year’s World Championships, facing up against opponents from Germany and Finland.
He came in fifth place, after he missed the last races due to boat trouble. When he pulled out he was in second place.
But this hasn’t deterred Jordan.
Neil said: “Next year’s championships are being held in Finland and he’s hoping to compete in them.”