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4 September 2014 / Rising sailing star has the full support of Truro High School staff

Truro High School prides itself on recognising and being able to support and nurture all pupils' talents. One of those is rising star in the sailing world, Chloe Collenette, a year 11 pupil with high ambitions to match her abilities.

Just two years after learning to sail, Chloe is on the radar for the Laser Association's prestigious Transition Squad. If chosen, Chloe will be given special training from former Olympic coaches to ease her progression to adult classes and boost her chance of representing the UK - her ultimate aim.

To earn that attention, Chloe competed in 10 National Ladder events so successfully last season she qualified for the week-long UK Laser National Championships - an open sea event, this year held at Largs, Scotland. She finished a creditable 25th in terrible weather.

Her impressive improvement throughout last year was also noticed by national selectors and although Chloe was not picked to be a member of the 12-strong national team at a Youth European event in Norway, she was invited to compete alongside the squad to increase her experience.

The demands of competition do sometimes clash with Chloe's academic studies but Truro High Headmaster, Glenn Moodie and the school's staff are happy to offer flexibility and as much help as needed.

Chloe's mum, Sarah, said: "School has been fantastic - cooperative and accommodating. Staff have been happy to allow extensions to work deadlines and provide extra support when Chloe has missed lessons in order to compete."

Dr Moodie said: "As this is Chloe's GCSE year it is important to get the balance right. She's clearly a very talented sailor and what we always strive to do is ensure students have the opportunity and backing to realise their potential in all areas. I've met with the Collenette family and we've discussed Chloe's timetable and ways of providing all the extra support she will need to succeed."

Ends 4 September 2014


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