Chichester schoolgirl inherits sailing success
PUBLISHED: 14:05 20 May 2014
A 12 year old pupil from The Prebendal School in Chichester is following in her family's footsteps and making a name for herself in the sailing world.
Katya Jeppesen Frank has earned a place in the National Youth Development Squad which is available to all Mirror sailors aged eight to 18 years old.
The squad is also the first step on the RYA pathway that leads from club sailing to the Olympic sailing team.
Katya’s older sister, Michaela Boughton, who represented Great Britain in sailing, and also a former Prebendalian, taught her to sail and continues to train her.
Katya says her background has helped her a lot: “I have been around big yachts since I was little and I started sailing at the age of nine. It is a great hobby and I’m really pleased to have won a place in the squad.”
Katya has also been influenced by her aunt, Christina Bassadone, who competed in two Olympic Games and is also a former Prebendalian.
Mum, Louise Jeppesen, is very proud of Katya: “I am really happy that she loves sailing and is following in the family tradition.”
Head Master of The Prebendal School, Tim Cannell, said: “Katya is an exceptional sailor and she really deserves her place. It is a highly competitive sport and we are extremely proud of her and her achievements so far.”