Champion sailor, Adam D'Arcy, sets sights on Olympics
Published 23/08/2014 | 02:30
AN IRISH teen who won a world championship sailing medal now has his sights set firmly on the Olympic Games.
But the immediate priority for Adam D'Arcy (16) is his Junior Cert results next month.
Adam has been hailed as one of the brightest prospects in Irish sailing and is already planning for a bid to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
The Cork teen has an outside chance of qualifying for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 but Irish sailing officials believe the next Olympiad is just a year or so too early for him.
Adam came within a hair's breadth of winning a gold medal at the World Topper Championships in Wales last week.
The Fermoy student finished level on points with the eventual gold medal winner - only being forced into the silver medal position on a countback of finishes after a dead heat.
It followed his top-five finish in the British Topper Sailing Championships last month.
It also marked an incredible championship for Ireland with Irish sailors finishing tenth (Geoff Power from Waterford) and in the top 30 (Peter Gilmore, Heather Spain, Conor Quinn and Hugh Perrette).
Adam, a student at St Colman's College, is a multi-talented sportsman who also competed at national level in tennis.
However, his sailing talent is such that he has been selected to participate in the Irish Sailing Association's performance pathway programme.