Farnell Land Rover are hoping to make waves in the world of water sports after delivering a funding boost to a promising young sailor.
William Rowland, who will be the youngest person to take part in this year’s sailing World Championships when he competes in the Laser 4.7 class at this year’s competition and the forthcoming European Championships
The 12-year-old is set to carry the flag for Great Britain at the opening ceremony and Farnell, which has Land Rover retailers in Bury, Nelson, Bradford, Guiseley and Leeds, has helped fund his professional coaching for the World Championships as well as new equipment for his boat.
Steve Thomas, the head of business at Farnell Bury, said: “We are delighted to pledge our support of William as he continues to compete on a national and international level.
“Sport is close to our hearts at Farnell and we are proud to be able to support a talented young man in his mission to be the best.
“It’s great to have to opportunity to give back to the local community. Commitment and passion are two of our company values that William embodies and we are looking forward to watching him progress.”
Rowland learnt to sail at Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough when he was just eight-years-old.
Aged 11, he began sailing competitively for Lancashire Schools Sailing Association and acquired a Laser 4.7 to sail in the North West Junior Traveller Series, finishing in fifth place.
Since then Rowland has competed in national sailing series The Gul Laser 4.7 Ladder, which hosts races all over the country including Weymouth, London and the Midlands.
Rowland said: “The support I have received from the team at Farnell Land Rover has helped me upgrade my boat as well as my sailing skills.
“I am now fortunate enough to be working with a professional coach ahead of my entry into the World Championships later this year.
“Thank you to all the team at Farnell Land Rover for their support.”