A TALENTED young Colwyn Bay sailor has received further good news after having his national squad selection upgraded.

Llion Morris, a year 9 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, was initially called up to the International Topper Class Association National Squad for the second successive year, but he will now be part of the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) UK Junior Squad for their winter training programme in the coming months.

North Wales Pioneer: Llion Morris in his Topper dinghyLlion Morris in his Topper dinghy

This represents a significant milestone for the Llion, who stated this was his final goal he wanted to achieve from another hugely impressive campaign on the water.

It has been another campaign full of significant achievements for the teenager, who has developed his skills considerably since his involvement with the school’s RYA accredited sailing centre.

North Wales Pioneer: Llion Morris with some of his trophiesLlion Morris with some of his trophies

This has resulted in a series of impressive competition triumphs over the summer, which culminated in a tremendous victory in the Topper fleet at the British Youth Sailing Welsh Regional Championships. This means Llion now currently holds all three national Topper titles, a feat only achieved by two other sailors.

Sally Ann Harding, senior school head, said: “Llion was absolutely thrilled to have his national squad selection upgraded by the Royal Yachting Association and rightfully so.

“He works incredibly hard and travels the length and breadth of the country to test himself against other talented sailors, so for him to have his sterling commitment and desire rewarded in this way is extremely pleasing.”