Young Lincoln Powerboat star fights off European rivals for first ever medal

A Lincoln school student secured his first international Powerboat racing medal after a fantastic performance against his rivals from across Europe.

Jonathan Brewer, from the The Priory Academy LSST, fought off strong competition to finish in second place in the Nottingham Grand Prix of the UIM GT15 European Championships.

The 13-year-old has been racing powerboats for three years now after following in the footsteps of his father and grandparents.

Jonathan in action at the National Water Sports Centre

Jonathan in action at the National Water Sports Centre

The event, hosted by Powerboat GP, saw 71 competitors from 14 countries travel to the National Watersports Centre to compete for two World and one European titles.

Jonathan was one of 14 youngsters aged 10 to 16 from Great Britain, Estonia, Norway and Sweden vying for the GT15 European Crown.

The battle for silver came down to the wire, with Jonathan leading from start to finish in the last of the four heats.

Racers from 14 different countries competed in the championships

Racers from 14 different countries competed in the championships

Speaking after the race, Jonathan said: “I’m really happy to have secured the silver medal. There were a lot of good racers out on the water so it was always going to be tough.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of all of the Jelf Racing Team, our sponsors Peters and May Racing, Your Print Partner and Castlemaine Accountancy, and all my family.

“Thank you also to all the officials and volunteers that work hard throughout the year to let us be able to race.

“Everyone in the team works really hard to make sure Ben, George and I have the best chance we can at winning. We have the easy job of just doing what we love.

“It was a great event and one that I’ll remember for the rest of my life – it was absolutely amazing knowing my family, friends and team mates were there cheering me on and waving as I crossed the finish line.”