by Amy McSweeny
A sailing scholar at Plymouth University has been picked for the Team GB Olympic sailing squad.
James Taylor is already in Rio de Janeiro to help the team train in the run up to the summer Olympics.
Specialising in the 470 Class, James will be used as a bench mark for the team’s development and a consistent measure to enable them to improve.
2012 Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience called James up so he could help set standards for the racing 470 class.
Luke explained: “James has been selected due to his natural abilities in the sport and his work ethic.
“Over the past year he has been showing the signs that could make him both valuable and potentially successful in the sport.
“He has been used in this role previously a year ago and the feedback was excellent.
“With seven months to go to the games, his input might just help turn silver medals into gold medals.”
Whizzkid James is studying Mathematics and Finance when he’s not world-class dinghy sailing.
A four-time national junior champion, he hopes to set out on a full-time Olympic campaign after he completes his degree.
James said: “I’m so pleased to have been chosen as a training partner for the Olympic squad.
“I’ve been competing in sailing for 12 years and it’s great that my hard work has paid off. Studying at Plymouth, I’m able to balance my work with my sport, and its location is great, being right next to the water.
“Hopefully being a training partner will give me valuable experience and help me undertake a full Olympic campaign after I’ve finished my degree.”
Pic shows James on the right (playing the Jib), off Copacobana beach