Young gun to represent Australia

Fourteen-year-old Bunbury boy Will Drew is over in Italy readying himself to compete in what will be his second international event in only three years of sailing.

Come Monday July 31, the sailing star will be one of more than 170 of the world’s best junior sailors vying for glory at the Open Bic World Championships on Lake Garda.

And as if being about to compete in a second international event wasn’t impressive enough on its own, the young gun will be contesting the under-17 category for the first time, meaning he will go up against sailors older than himself.

Though younger than many of his competitors, the new South West Academy of Sport athlete has proven he’s a talent to keep an eye on.

Boasting an impressive sailing resume, his recent achievements include finishing fifth in the under-13 category at last year’s world cup in Melbourne, being the current WA Open Bic champion, NSW under-16 state champion, and claiming overall third in the most recent Australian titles in Adelaide.

The Bunbury Catholic College student will be aiming to add to his long list of impressive results when he takes to the water during the championships.

Drew, who crewed for a New Zealand team at this year’s Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta, is looking forward to experiencing the vibe of an international event.

He is also excited about seeing all the international sailing friends he made at last year’s world event in Melbourne.