TT Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis created history yesterday when he won a bronze medal at the Hempel World Cup Series 2019 in Genoa, Italy, the highest placing for a TT sailor at a world series event.
“You had sailors like Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia and Pavlos Kontides of Cyrpus who are world champions and Olympic medallists," an ecstatic Lewis said after his race.
"The level of sailing was very high as the best in the world came out here to compete. This is a surreal moment for me to have competed amongst these sailors and to have ended up on the podium. It is a dream come true,” said Lewis.
He will take several days' rest, before he enters a training camp in Tenerife, Canary Islands, along with his coach Javier Hernandez in preparation for the 2019 Laser Senior European Championships and Trophy, which will take place in Porto, Portugal from May 18-25.
"It is humbling to see the fruits of your hard work in the form of performances like this," said Lewis on his progression.
"There is no rest as we need to continue to build on this and improve with the goal of Olympic qualification being the ultimate focus."
He thanked his sponsors for their support and also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Sport, Sport Company of TT (SporTT) and the Sport and Culture Fund. "Finally (thanks) to the people of TT who continue to send love and support to me. This really keeps me going and motivates me to continue to strive for greatness," he said.