Alumni Spotlight: Owen Timms '15

Owen Timms '19 is currently a freshman at George Washington University. A member of the varsity sailing team, he recently qualified for the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Singlehanded Championship. Learn more about Owen's sailing success at bit.ly/owentimms.

Owen Timms

How long have you been sailing?
I have been sailing for all my life, but started racing when I was 11.

Why did you choose to go to George Washington?
I really loved D.C. when I visited and George Washington had a great combination of academics and athletics. I am a varsity athlete at the school, so I get a lot of great benefits.

What's your major?
Biology, but I am in the process of switching to Public Health. I am not totally set on a career, but Public Health will give me lots of opportunities.

What's a favorite memory from NOVA?
The 8th grade trip. It was a great way to end the whole experience.

How do you think your NOVA experience prepared you for life after middle school?
NOVA was a great preparation for high school and college, not only academically, but it really changed me as a person. I was able to grow and become who I am today because of the welcoming community at NOVA.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into sailing?
I recommend taking a sailing camp at the Olympia Yacht Club, where I work in the summer. If you enjoy it, there is an easy system for you to eventually join the team if you want to!