Academy place for Jamie

PUBLISHED: 20:27 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 15 June 2010

An Axmouth teenager who has been doing up his own boat is now sailing through a boat building academy thanks to winning a scholarship.

An Axmouth teenager who has been doing up his own boat is now sailing through a boat building academy thanks to winning a scholarship.Former Axe Valley Community College student Jamie Poynton, 19, of Hawkesdown View, was awarded the scholarship of £10,000 to attend the Lyme Bay Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis.A determined Jamie, who had been unsuccessful the previous year and had been travelling up to London Monday to Friday to work in a boatyard, was one of only 10 selected from more than 150 applicants.Jamie said: "I am shocked but very pleased. This scholarship makes the course do-able. If I didn't get the grant I wouldn't have been able to do it."To be a professional boat builder is my ideal goal - or something in the boat building field. 'The sailing events for the Olympics 2012 will be held in Weymouth and Portland, so hopefully I will be able to get some work there."Jamie has already had plenty of practice, having recently bought his own boat to work on. He said: "I work on it on my days off and plan to use it around here in the summer. "It's good fun to do and it's something I enjoy. And as it is for myself, I'm even more enthusiastic."Mother Cheryl Glover said: "I am very proud of what Jamie has achieved."It's been very hard work for him - trying to get the money together and travelling to London every week. He's put a lot in and deserves it."He left school not knowing what he wanted to do. But when he decided on this career, he worked very hard to get on to this course. It's great he can go.


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