Sunderland schoolboy is a world champion

Young powerboat racer Jordan Muckles, 15, with his world championship trophies at his home in Fulwell, Sunderland.
Young powerboat racer Jordan Muckles, 15, with his world championship trophies at his home in Fulwell, Sunderland.
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A SCHOOLBOY has made waves in the high-speed world of powerboating by becoming the first person ever to be crowned world champion three times.

Jordan Muckles, of Monkwearmouth School, left rivals from 11 different countries trailing in his wake to take the slalom, manoeuvring and individual titles.

The 15-year-old has gone on to be recognised as the Royal Yachting Association’s North East Young Powerboater of the Year 2010.

After his first trip to the 2007 Powerboat World Championships in Italy, his 2010 campaign finished in Liverpool laden with trophies.

Jordan, of Fulwell, said: “It was a shock at first when I realised how much I had won, but when it sunk in, I was proud and my family were too.

“My first attempt at the world championships was in Italy, but last year’s was closer to home in Liverpool which helped.”

Jordan received his awards at a glitzy ceremony in Monaco and his family want to see his career reach even greater heights.

His dad, Neil, said: “He has represented Great Britain in the sport, which is impressive by itself without adding all of the trophies he has won. He was beating 19-year-olds from countries like Russia, Italy and Malaysia.

“He wants to move up to the next level and now he is old enough, he can compete in the GT30 class.”

Taking its name from the engine’s horsepower, the Faster Series is the next natural step on the ladder for Jordan.

He said: “It is a big step up, but with my experience at this level, I think I can be competitive. I test-drove one of the GT30 boats last week in Liverpool and it went really well.” But progress may not be as straight-forward as he would like.

Neil said: “The boat he needs is out of our price range. We are desperate for a sponsor so he can afford the boat. We thought it wouldn’t be too hard with his list of accolades, but there isn’t much exposure of the sport at the moment.”

Jordan first got into boating when he used to drive his dad’s fishing boat in and out of the harbour.

After winning regional and national events under the age of 12, he was selected to represent Great Britain and become UIM Formula Future Class four World Champion.

* Anyone interested in sponsoring Jordan, contact Neil on 07771 4096120.