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by Bernadette Shaw - Friday, 13 September 2013, 11:17 AM
In February Ali Nightingale won the Women's Youth Laser Radial National Championship. This is open to youth up to the age of 18. Ali is in two training groups based in Auckland. The women's Radial training squad which has 5 women in it and coached by a Yachting New Zealand coach. Two of the women in the group went to the London Olympics and all are being trained with a view to Rio in 2016.
She was 5th in Queensland youth week regatta in July and raced against some of Australia's top youth.
Ali was selected by Yachting New Zealand to go to the Laser Radial Women's Worlds in China in October but has not been able to enter on account of being too young. YNZ asked for an exception but was unsuccessful. 
She will travel to the Sail Melbourne and the Australian Nationals over the summer break returning to New Zealand in January to compete in The NZ Nationals and Sail Auckland in early Feb.
She is hoping to get selected for the YNZ Trust Youth worlds team to sail at the Youth Worlds in Portugal in July 2014.  Congratulations and Good Luck for the future!