Ross Blackledge – dinghy sailor

PUBLISHED: 10:27 19 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 February 2013

Ross Blackledge – dinghy sailor

Ross Blackledge – dinghy sailor

Bright Young Thing Ross Blackledge on why he loves dinghy sailing, his Olympic ambitions and a possible future career in medical research science

Bright Young Thing - Ross Blackledge

Bright Young Thing Ross Blackledge on why he loves dinghy sailing, his Olympic ambitions and a possible future career in medical research science

Tell us about yourself

My name is Ross Richard Blackledge and Im 15. I currently live in Herne Bay and go to Simon Langton Grammar school for Boys. I live with my my mother Nicola and father Stuart.

What are you doing now?

I am currently at school in Year 10 and studying for my GCSEs. The subjects I chose for my options are Design Technology, French, Geography and Economics. I am enjoying all of the subjects, but I find Economics particularly interesting and I also enjoy making products in design.

What are your ambitions for the future?

My ambition for the future for my sailing career is probably the same as that of many competitive sailors ultimate goals, to sail for my country in one of the future Olympic events. Additionally, I would find it quite fulfilling to be able to coach others in sailing so that I could pass on my knowledge and experiences. I also particularly enjoy the sciences and would be interested in a job in medical research science, as I would like to be able to help people.

Whats the best thing about living in Kent?

The best thing in my opinion about living in Kent is the amazing countryside and coastlines, but also that all the people are just so nice and friendly. It makes it one of the most enjoyable places to live and I feel very privileged to have been brought up in this region.

What are your hobbies and interests?

My main and really only hobby is dinghy sailing, I enjoy it so much because of the freedom I feel when Im out on the water, also the competitive spirit makes it just that bit more interesting.

What was the last book you read?

The last book that I read was Drop Zone by Andy McNab. Its a tale of a boy living an ordinary life who takes a summer job at an airfield that doubles as a skydiving facility, but by taking the job he ends up doing much bigger things. You will have to read the book to find out what!

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