Windsurfing sensation Alex Blackmore looks set for a bright future after being signed by renowned Dereham based team QSW.
The talented nine-year-old, from Moreton Hall, only took up the sport two-years ago but has made a meteoric rise to compete at regional and national level, including Team 15 events and National Championships, a rare accomplishment for someone so young.
His future development has now been handed a major boost after being selected as the youngest team rider among Neil Greentree’s outfit, who are regarded the largest and most successful independent windsurfing team in Europe.
The youngster, who can also list North Sails, Ion Wetsuits and Fanatic boards among his sponsors, will now turn his attention to preparing to compete in the UKWA Inland National series, the LWA summer and winter championships and the junior section of the British Slalom Association, all next year.
“We are all extremely proud of everything Alex has achieved,” said Tim Blackmore, reflecting on his son’s success.
“He has done tremendously well and all his hard work and dedication has been rewarded with his sponsorship and place at QSW.”
Speaking of the latest addition to his QSW team, Greentree believes there is no reason Blackmore can’t go to the very top of his sport.
“We are all about taking windsurfing to people who wouldn’t normally see it and inspire them,” he said.
“Alex can help us do just that. Young people will look at him and want to do the same, that is what I’m interested in, getting the kids out there.
“It is also about us mentoring Alex and giving him access to the best facilities, tuition and events out there to help his progression and development.”
He added: “He is absolutely focused and dedicated and with the resources we can give him there is no reason why in 10-years or so Alex can’t be competing at an Olympic Games.”
nYou can follow Alex Blackmore’s future development and progress on his website, by visiting: www.alexblackmore.co.uk or on social microblogging site Twitter, by following: @alexbgbr3022