Australian sailing’s successful year on the water has continued off it with three crews named as finalists for the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.read more
Australian Olympic Sailors
Being a natural sportsman, its no accident that Queenslander Matt Belcher is where he is today – campaigning for the 2012 London Olympics. However, Mat’s first foray into sailing gave no indication of the talent to come- at seven, his parents towed him in a Sabot behind a cruiser. “I didn’t want to go, I screamed and carried on, “the 26 year old laughs.
Malcolm’s first memories of growing up on Sydney Harbour always included being on the water. “Our house was on the water with a 2.5m sandstone wall into the river, we always dropped the sailboard or paddle board straight off it. Mum was fighting a constant war between homework and water sports”.
The win was a historic one for Australia, with Malcolm Page becoming the first Australian sailor to win two gold medals, defending his Beijing 2008 win.read more
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page will begin the defence of Australia’s 470 men’s gold medal when racing in their class gets underway on Thursday. The pair heads into London 2012 as favourites, they’ve been undefeated this yearread more
Belcher and Page’s win was the third World Championships for the Australian Sailing Team in the space of 10 days as the paired joined 2012 world title winners Tom Slingsby in the Laser class and Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen in the 49erread more