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Windsurfing siblings from Halifax riding crest of a wave

2018-04-06T09:53:22+00:00 October 12th, 2016|
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Two teenage brothers from Halifax are making waves in the world of windsurfing after taking it up just ten years ago. Matthew, 18, and Josh Carey, 16, one a former and one a current pupil at Bradford Grammar School, started windsurfing after trying it just once on holiday in Weymouth.

Ten years on the brothers are among the best in the country and their summer season has proven the top so far. Back in April Matthew came 2nd at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) National Windsurfing Championships. This qualified him for the Great Britain team for the selective EUROSAF Youth Sailing European Championship in Austria where he got 4th place.

Having already been in the national youth team for the past two years, Matthew has now been accepted on a part-time Olympic development program, living in Weymouth, alongside a year in Industry working as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

Commenting on his education at BGS and how this has supported him throughout, Matthew said:

“I would like to say thank you to BGS for helping and accommodating me for the past ten years. From emailing me the food menu every week so I could plan my meals and opening the gym at silly hours, to helping me with work at lunchtimes and between lessons.”

“In my A Levels I got 2 A*s and an A in Further Maths, Physics and Maths respectively. I have just applied to study Mechanical Engineering at University. The teachers at BGS have always done their absolute best to help me achieve my ambitions in sport and academia and for that I could not be more grateful.”

“I would also like to say thanks to my sponsors, Ineos and Kinetica sports and of course to my parents, who have always been supportive no matter what, including the seven hour drives and the inhospitable weather.”

Matthew’s next event is the Youth World Championships in Cyprus at the end of November. You can find more information at www.mattcarey.co

Josh has had comparable success as an Under 17 national champion windsurfer. He came 4th in the Under 17 boys at the RS:X European and Youth European Championships in Helsinki in June. From Helsinki he went straight to Sopot in Poland for the Techno European championships where he came 18th in the Under 17s. He has also been selected for the British team to compete at the RS:X Youth World Championship, the most important youth windsurfing regatta in Limassol, in November.

Earlier this year, he returned from competing in the Under 19 European and World Windsurfing Championships in Finland and Poland to collect his 8 A*s and 2 A grades. A talented arts student and keen guitarist, Josh balances his sporting ambitions with his studies. He said, ‘I was really happy with these results. BGS has helped me to achieve a lot so far and I’m definitely enjoying the Sixth Form – the small class sizes mean you get the best out of yourself.”

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“I would like to say thank you to BGS for helping and accommodating me for the past ten years. From emailing me the food menu every week so I could plan my meals and opening the gym at silly hours, to helping me with work at lunchtimes and between lessons.”

Matthew Carey, former pupil

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