JUST over a year after lighting the cauldron at London 2012, local sailor Callum Airlie has taken a major step towards his next Olympic dream.
Airlie completed his final year in the 420 class in slightly disappointing fashion with the belief that his crew weighed too much to be competitive over the summer.
However, a change of direction and a move into the Olympic 470 class has seen the former Earlston High School pupil forge a partnership with fellow 18-year-old Tom Lovesey.
The two joined forces last month and, despite the difficulties of the pair attending university in Edinburgh and Southampton respectively, Airlie is excited about the future.
“Even from just three weekends I feel like we have a good partnership,” he said.
The plan is to go full-time after two years. That will be a big milestone in our trek to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
Airlie is juggling his degree in medicine with flights every weekend to sail in Southampton and Weymouth.
He and Lovesey are looking to secure a spot on the British sailing team’s Podium Potential Squad and were encouraged by their fifth place in an Autumn National ranking series event.
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