UKSA BTEC student Harry Blowers has capped an incredible sailing season by earning automatic qualification to the Great Britain under 21s squad.

Many students like UKSA’s BTEC courses for the fact that it’s not 100% classroom based, but due to his sailing, Harry had a good reason for needing that flexibility. The 18-year-old, from Gurnard, Isle of Wight, has been competing throughout his course. He aims to go full-time into the British Laser Sailing team and sail for Britain, and he is very grateful for the support UKSA has offered him.

He said: “I started my BTECs in September 2013 as I liked that it’s flexible, because I’m away a lot competing. Doing A Levels just wouldn’t have worked for me. Although there is a lot of studying with your BTECs, you do not have to be in the classroom all week and this meant I could do a lot of my work from home. I got into the British Youth Squad last September and re-qualified this year. At UKSA everyone is very friendly and they have the same interests, in watersports, sailing and sports in general, so they all understand my needs and we all get on really well together.”

Harry is a member of Gurnard Sailing Club and has been sailing with his parents since he was a couple of months old. He is a UKSA youth ambassador and last week met HRH the Princess Royal at our Ambassador Launch.