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Wollmann’s last chance to qualify for Games

Olympic bid: Wollmann is pushing to qualify for Rio

There will be plenty at stake for Cecilia Wollmann at this month’s Sailing World Cup Regatta in Miami.

The regatta is the final qualifier for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, where Wollmann hopes to represent the Island in the Laser Radial women’s fleet.

“The Sailing World Cup Regatta will host all Olympic classes and is the final qualifying regatta for North and South American countries in many classes,” Wollmann said.

“To qualify I would have to come top North American female, which has still yet to qualify. This category includes Cayman Islands, Cuba, St Lucia, Mexico and Trinidad.

“This is the last competitive qualifier; however, there is the opportunity to be granted a Tripartite Commission Invitation. This is limited to just two female sailors.”

Siblings Jesse and Zander Kirkland represented Bermuda at the 2012 London Olympics, placing nineteenth in the 20-boat 49er class.

The Sailing World Cup will take place from January 23 to 30 and will feature all thirteen Olympic classes.

Wollmann was in impressive form at last week’s Youth Sailing World Championships in Malaysia, where she placed fifteenth among a fleet of 54 entries, her best showing to date at the event. She was the top sailor from the Western Hemisphere.

“I have worked really hard for this and happy finishing fifteenth,” she said.

Wollmann learnt valuable lessons at the regatta and held her own in challenging breezy conditions.

“I have gained more confidence in heavy wind and believe next year a reachable goal for me would be a top ten,” she said.

Accompanying Wollmann in Malaysia was her brother Mikey who placed 39th in the 68-boat Laser Radial boys’ fleet on his debut at the championships.

The siblings qualified for the event at last summer’s Sail Canada Youth National Championships in Kingston, Ontario, where Cecilia was the top female sailor and tenth overall, followed by her brother one position behind.