Plain sailing for Tom with council grant

Ballymena teen Tom Coulter has been awarded funding through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Youth Ambassador scheme to further his talent in sailing.

Tom Coulter.

The 13-year-old, who attends Ballymena Academy, has been selected to represent Northern Ireland at the Topper World Championships in the Netherlands in July.

He will also be competing in the Eric Twiname National Championships in England in May.

Tom’s mother, Juliet Coulter, said: “I am very proud of what Tom has achieved so far considering he is only in his second season sailing.

“The grant he received from council will help hugely in his quest to achieve his dreams.”

A Council spokesperson, said: “We are keen to support rising sports stars in the borough and hope these awards can help with some of the costs that come with competing at a higher level.”

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