Paris Olympics 2024 (Team GB): Meet Surfer/Sailor Sam Sills

Sam Sills, 28, a windsurfer from Great Britain competes in the iQFoil class. He is part of the British Sailing Team. Sills works as a naval architect, with a focus on designing and developing hydrofoil technology.

Sills has already qualified and obtained his place to represent Great Britain in the iQFoil windsurfing class at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Sam Sills has Qualified For the 2024 Paris Olympics

Sam Sills, a windsurfer from Cornwall, Great Britain, is part of the British Sailing Team. He has already secured his spot to represent Great Britain in the iQFoil class at the Paris 2024 Olympics. This month, he will compete in the World Championships in Lanzarote in preparation for the Olympics.

“It’s a bit of a weird balance because we’re already looking at the Olympics and trying to peak for that,” “So I’m not ready for this event and a lot of my big competitors are peaking,” he told BBC Radio Cornwall.”It’s an odd place to be, but we hope that in the long run that’s a good plan to be building up from now and be peaking in the summer.”

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The Paris 2024 Olympics will be Sills’ first Olympic Games after over a decade of trying to reach that level in his sport. He missed out on making the British team for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics in the previous RS:X windsurfing class. But when the new iQFoil class was introduced for Paris 2024, he returned to competitive windsurfing and has made fast progress.

Sam Sills aims for Olympic victory on his first appearance at Paris 2024

The windsurfer did not get selected for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He took a break from the sport to work on reducing its environmental impact.

Sills worked on creating emissions-free electric boats in Norway with ZEM energy. He also helped make eco-friendly prototype designs in Sweden. Sills was a former junior world champion. He returned to competitive sailing after the Olympic windsurfing equipment changed from RS:X to iQFOiL class.

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In early 2023, Sills had a very successful period. He won the prestigious Trofeo Princesa Sofia event. He then finished fifth at August’s World Sailing Championships, qualifying his boat for the 2024 Olympic Games. His sister Saskia is also a windsurfer and has been part of the British Sailing Team.

Sam Sills was selected to represent Team GB at the Paris 2024 Olympics

Sam Sills from Launceston was chosen to represent Team GB in sailing at the Paris 2024 Olympics. This was his last chance to make it to the Olympic Games, and he is greatly relieved it worked out. Sills, a former junior world champion, came back to competitive sailing in 2020 to race in the new iQFOIL Olympic windsurfing class.

“It’s a big relief, it’s pretty amazing,” “It was probably a 20-year journey to get there.”

“It was really hard and I can’t believe that it’s all coming together. I’m pretty tired, but also happy and very excited to just get to work and try and bring home a gold medal for Great Britain, that’s the plan.” “Coming back, that moment it felt like this is it, let’s go for it and put everything I could into it.

Said Sills

Sam Sills’s Early Life with his two sisters

Sam Sills was born on April 15, 1993, in Launceston, Cornwall, England in the United Kingdom. He has two sisters named Saskia Sills and Imogen Sills who are well-known windsurfers.

Saskia Sills, Sam’s sister, worked at Saskia & Imogen Sills Windsurfing and the British Sailing Team in 2012. She studied at Bournemouth University in 2014.

Sam Sills Sisters
Image: Sam Sills with his two sisters Saskia & Imogen Sills (Source: Imogen’s Facebook)

Imogen Sills, Sam’s other sister, worked at the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, Hollister Co. in Bath, Somerset, and the British Sailing Team from May 2, 2013, to 2017. She studied at Bath Spa University.

Sam Sills’s Career so far

Sills did not get chosen for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He took a break from windsurfing to work on making the sport more environmentally friendly and reducing its carbon footprint.

Sills’s most exciting work to reduce windsurfing’s environmental impact is through his job as a naval architect, which he does alongside competitive windsurfing. Recently, he has been working on electric boats in Norway with ZEM Energy.

These boats have no engines, produce no emissions, and are almost entirely powered by renewable energy sources. He has also worked with Kona Sports in Sweden, where they 3D-printed prototypes using a special resin made from a by-product of the wood industry. This means the prototype boards used to create the final designs were completely recyclable and created no waste.

Sills is on a mission to raise awareness about sustainability in sports and to help people appreciate nature more.

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