A TEENAGER is riding on a wave of success after sailing off with a top honour.
Kieran Graham, 16, picked up the Trident RYA North East Young Sailor of the Year Award.
The youngster, of East Boldon, who attends Whitburn Church of England Academy, received the trophy from despatch manager Daniel Rooney during a surprise presentation at the RYA Instructors Conference, hosted by South Shields Sailing Club.
Kieran said: “I’m really pleased to have received the Trident Trophy. I’ve been sailing about seven years now.
“I had a great year last year and I hope 2014 will be even more exciting. I’ll be competing again at the Sea Scout National Sailing Regatta, which this year visits South Shields.
“And in June, I’ll be representing the British Sea Scouts in the International Sea Scout Cup at Long Beach, California.”
Kieran, a member of the South Shields Sea Scouts, had a successful year in 2013, winning the RYA NE Youth Travellers Series in July, and a first place in the under18 single handed class at the Sea Scout National Sailing Regatta in August.
Managing director of Trident UK Jackie Gebhard said: “Kieran is a worthy winner of the Trident Trophy.
“This is the 16th year of the Trident RYA North East Young Sailor Award and Kieran’s name will be added to the trophy, joining some excellent young sailors, many of whom have gone on to win National, European and World Championships in recent years.”
Steve Gibbon, chairman of the RYA North East Region, added: “It was very appropriate to present Kieran with his award at the RYA Instructors conference.
“Kieran already teaches younger members of the club to sail and race and he should make a great RYA Instructor in the near future.”