David and Katie

Youth Athletes Making A Difference

What does it take?

For sailors pushing themselves to the limit in their sport attempting to become the worlds best as they challenge themselves to become Olympic Champions in 2016, it takes dedication, focus, drive, ambition, confidence, determination and more hard work than any one (or two in their case) typical person can muster in a lifetime!

Teenagers David Hein and Katie Flood are doing exactly that. They have their sights set on Rio in 2016 and are letting nothing stand in their way! The road to the Olympic Games is long, and steep but these energetic athletes are up to the challenge and are already making strives towards the top in their sport.

The next step for these teens is to compete at the worlds most competitive venues to test their mettle against the most challenging athletes on the planet. That in itself is a tall order, but then to understand that they have to travel to 1o countries on three continents in just 9 months to do this...Well it's a good thing they are young!

David and Katie have to compete at the following events to earn their International ranking and to be able to become the next Olympic Athletes for the USA. The schedule will take them from Miami, around Europe, to Brazil before ending again back in Europe.

25 Jan – 1 Feb 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, USA
29 March – 5 April ISAF Sailing World Cuo Mallorca, ESP
19 – 26 April ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres,FRA
7 – 11 May Eurosaf Garda, ITA
20 – 24 May Eurosaf Delta Lloyd Regatta Medemblik. NED
9 – 13 June Eurosaf Sail for Gold Weymouth, GBR
21 – 29 June Eurosaf Kieler Woche Kiel, GER
5 – 12 July European Championship La Grande Motte, FRA
3-9 August Olympic Test Events Rio de Janeiro, BRA
8 – 21 Sept ISAF World Championships Santander, ESP

The travel, coaching, equipment and entry fees are more than $10,000 per event. That is money that these teenage athletes have to spend to be competitive and to achieve their goals of qualifying for the US Olympic Team in 2016! They need angles from across the country to help them raise the funds they need to be competitive at these events, can you be one who helps to support these hard working and inspirational teenagers?

Read their blog at http://www.followmetorio.com

$100 will provide one day of food and on the water nutrition the athletes need to keep their bodies in top form for this elite level competition!

$250 will cover one day of housing for the athletes and their coach while at a regatta or training before the event.

$500 covers the cost of renting a coach boat for one day. Because they have to practice and race on the water, the coach needs to remain in close proximity to the athletes while training and racing to provide the highest level of support and improvement.

$1000 is the cost of one day of coaching from an elite, Olympic level coach for the athletes.

$5000 covers the cost of travel to get the athletes and coach to an event overseas.

Katie Flood from Miami, Florida

David Hein from Cleveland, Ohio