Young sailor pride of Woodridge

WELL WON: Cameron Hills rules the regatta waves
WELL WON: Cameron Hills rules the regatta waves

A YOUNG sailor brought pride and joy to Woodridge Preparatory School by excelling in the 39th Eastern Cape Inter-schools Regatta earlier this month.

ameron Hills, 11, is the only Woodridge pupil to take up sailing as a sport.

He won most of the races he took part in at the event held at Redhouse on March 7 and 8.

“I am so proud that I could do this for my school,” the avid sailor said.

He is the first sailor in 34 years to win the event under the school’s name.

In 2013, he won the headmaster’s award for sailing, which is an achievement in itself.

The Grade 5 pupil started sailing at Algoa Bay Yacht Club in 2012 and says he is inspired by his dad, Charlie Hills – who is also an avid sailor – as well as his grandfather, Lennie Hills, who builds boats.

“My boat’s name is KEP and that was the name it had when Knysna Elephant Park donated it, and one never changes the name of a boat,” Hills said.

Apart from the inter-schools triumph, he also came second at the inter-club regatta held at the Knysna Yacht club in February, racing for Algoa Bay Yacht Club.

Hills said when not sailing he loved to spend time cycling with his dad.

“When I am not competing in sailing events, which is usually in the winter, I am on my bicycle.”

Hills’s mother, Shelley, said her son was such a sportsman that “he congratulated all the competitors after the race and helped them pack up their boats before they headed back home”.

Hills is also a two time winner of the school’s gentleman’s award, which he won in Grades 2 and 3.

He also won Woodridge’s good fellowship award last year.

-Amir Chetty

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