Donahue competes at U.S. Junior Woman’s Championships

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The talent of the island’s young athletes keeps rising to the top. Brigantine’s Allyson Donahue, daughter of Lynn and Tom Donahue, is competing this weekend in Deephaven, Minn. on Lake Minnetonka. She has teamed up with sailing partner Maddie Widmeier of Pipersville, Pa.

The competition is the 2012 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, an event the duo finished second in last year. The championships are part of a series of races that the two compete in. In February, the team finished ninth overall and first among all-female pairings at the Club 420 Midwinter Championships in Jensen Beach, Fla. They have been invited to the invitation-only U.S. Youth Sailing Championship in August at Cascade Locks, Ore.

Donahue comes from a sailing family, and at a young age she was introduced to the sport by her father. Her older brother, Ian, a recent graduate of Boston College, had a successful sailing career there.

Donahue, 17, also plays field hockey and softball for Holy Spirit High School, but her father said sailing gives his daughter more college exposure than those other sports.

The Beachcomber News was unable to speak with Donahue this week. Tom Donohue explained, “She doesn’t want any distractions to take her concentration away from the competition.”

According to reports at, the official website of the United States Sailing Association, Donahue and Widmeier are in first place after the first day of competition.

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