Sebastian Kempe sets sights on 2024 Olympics
Sebastian Kempe has targeted competing at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.
The Bermudian hopes to showcase his talents in the single-handed, one-design Laser dinghy at the next Games, after completing studies in England.
“I just want to prove to the world that I can do it,” Kempe told BBC News. “If some people say I can’t, then that’s okay. They’ll just have to watch and see.”
Cameron Pimentel and Cecilia Wollmann were the last sailors to represent Bermuda at the Games, having done so in the men’s and women’s Laser Radial at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Meanwhile, Kempe also harbours an ambition of competing for the coveted Auld Mug in the prestigious America’s Cup.
“One day I would love to win the America’s Cup,” he added. “Obviously I would love to win it for Great Britain because we haven’t won it yet and I would really love to be the guy to hold that up first.
“I think Sir Ben Ainslie (team principal and skipper of British Challenger INEOS Team UK) would probably want to do it before me. But I don’t know, we’ll see.”
Bermuda hosted the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 in the Great Sound, where Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand dethroned Defender Oracle Team USA in the match-racing spectacle.
Kempe underlined his enormous potential after achieving two historic feats competing in the Laser Radial class on the international scene last year.
He earned the island’s first medal, a bronze, at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy, last August.
The promising athlete then followed up that success by securing the island’s first gold medal at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Al Mussanah, Oman, last December to cap a phenomenal debut at the international regatta.
“I am really, really humbled to be receiving this award,” he told The Royal Gazette at the time. “All of the people who have won this in the past are the greats of the sport, and to have my name on that plaque now is incredible.”
Kempe was introduced him to the sport at an early age and says he is driven by a desire to be among the world’s elite sailors.
“I started sailing when I was three years old, my dad took me out one summer,” he said. “I just love it so much it makes me smile.
“I love going fast, I love pushing a boat to its limit and picking out shifts on an upwind just excites me so much.”
“Almost every second of every hour I'm working towards my goal, which is to eventually become one of the greatest," he said.
The 16-year-old presently attends the Suffolk Royal Hospital School in Holbrook.
‘“It’s a great little corner of the world that not a lot of people know about and it’s kind of perfect for me because I don’t have that many distractions,” he added. “I can just get on with my training and then when I need to go out and perform, I’m ready for that.”