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LUCY ON THE CREST OF A WAVE.

Byline: MARK CURRIE

BRITAIN'S leading woman wind surfer, Lucy Horwood, took the silver medal in the 2001 world championships, which were staged in Brazil.

The 21-year old student, who lives in Llanbedrog, Gwynedd, was delighted with her latest success - she was third in the 2000 world championships - and has now set her sights on becoming number one next year.

Poland's Doreta Staszweska took the title in Brazil but Lucy, who studies sports science at Cardiff University, reckons she is closing the gap.

"Doreta sailed a perfect event for the gold but I managed to beat her in a couple of the races and she quickly realised I was her only real competition and that she had to keep ahead of me to win, " she said.

"I finished third in Thailand last year and this event shows I have improved a great deal in the past 12 months.

"I'm looking forward to coming up against Doreta in the Euro Cup and World Cup events next year before having another crack at the gold in next year's world championships."

Horwood, a fluent Welsh-speaker, has been wind surfing since the age of nine and took part in her first competitive event at the age of 13.

Her record in the season just ended marks a finale to the Espoir age group (21-years-old and under), in which she was placed first.

"Doreta is 23-years-old and another great rival, Karen Jaggi, is 27, so I have a couple of years on them, " added Horwood.

"But it's back to university at the moment and more training for the next series of events in the New Year."

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SILVER LADY: Lucy Horwood came second at the world championships
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2001
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