Exmouth student retains his world kiteracing title

Exmouth Community College student Oliver Bridge (centre) competing at the Kite Race World Championships in China recently. Photo: Michael Petrikov. Exmouth Community College student Oliver Bridge (centre) competing at the Kite Race World Championships in China recently. Photo: Michael Petrikov.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
6:55 AM

EXMOUTH Community College student Oliver Bridge is flying high having recently retained his Youth World Title at the inaugural Kite Race World Championships in China.

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Racing for Great Britain, the 16-year-old competed against 160 kite racers from more than 40 countries.

Following five days’ of intense racing, he was fourth overall in the men’s division, only a few points behind current World Champion, American Johnny Heineken.

Olly was the highest placed under-18 rider, retaining his Youth World Title.

It’s been a big year for the Exmouth youngster.

Olly dominated kite racing in England and Europe, becoming Mens European Champion in Italy this summer.

Currently, he’s in Western Australia for the Oceanics and will then be training for 2014 to continue his winning form.

Kite racing will be part of the International Sailing Federation World Cup series in 2014. It’s hoped that it will be represented in the 2018 Youth Olympics.

A bid to see the GB National Kite Race Championships in Exmouth in 2014 has recently been submitted to East Devon District Council.

Organised by Exmouth’s Edge Watersports – which also supports Olly – the bid is in partnership with Exeter-based sports statistic company ATASS Sports and Topsham’s Pebblebed Wines.

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