by Craig Heydon
Noosa sailor Louise Evans will compete at her first ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship next week.
Laser Radial sailor Louise Evans
Evans will represent Australia in Dublin, Ireland competing in the Laser Radial class, the first time she has been selected for the Australian Youth Sailing Team.
'I’m very excited to go over to Ireland and extremely grateful to have such an amazing opportunity to represent Australia,' said Evans.
The Queensland teenager secured her spot on the team following her results at the Australian Laser Championship and Australian Youth Championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at the beginning of the year.
Last week Evans again made the trip down from Noosa to compete at the 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championship at the same venue, finishing 11th overall, just 10 points off sixth position.
Evans and her teammates have now arrived in Dublin and are busy preparing for the biggest youth sailing event in the world.
'Representing Australia is a great privilege and a big responsibility,' said Evans. 'When I’m in Ireland I want people to see Australia’s sailors as being friendly and helpful, but also as fierce competitors.
'I’m looking forward to experiencing a different culture, meeting people from all over the world, competing against tough competition and making new friends,' she said.
Racing begins in Dublin on Saturday 14 July and continues until Friday 20 July.
ISAF Youth Worlds website.