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Three members of the sailing community have been
recognised for outstanding ser vice and achievements in the 2018
Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Anthony Francis Bell of NSW, Marion Jean Cooper of Tasmania
and John Bruce Cuneo of Queensland were awarded Medals
(OAM) in the General Division.
Bell was recognised “for service to charitable organisations,
and to sailing”. The profile of sailing in Australia and the high
standing of the Australian Sailing Team in recent years owes
much to the Patrons Programme and Anthony’s commitment
as a competitor, facilitator and patron.
In the crucial role as the Australian Sailing Team’s Chief
Patron since May 2016, Anthony has carried on the legacy of his
predecessor John Calvert-Jones AM, whose leadership played a
key role in the Team’s haul of three gold medals and one silver
medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“ The value of Anthony’s work in facilitating private funding
for our elite athletes – not to mention his personal contribution
to our resources – cannot be overstated,” Australian Sailing
President Matt Allen said.
“ While I have enjoyed duelling with Anthony numerous times
down the coast to Hobart, I ’m glad to call him a teammate in
our efforts to bring Australia more success in sailing on the
Since Sydney 2000, sailing has been Australia’s second-most
successful Olympic sport. However, as international competition
intensifies and revenue streams in non-
media sports remain an ongoing challenge,
the Patrons Programme and support of the
Australian Government are paramount for
sailing’s continued success, especially in the
lead up to Tokyo in 2020.
Marion Cooper was awarded her OAM
“ for service to the community through
charitable organisations, and to sailing”.
Marion became the first woman to be
elected a Life Member of Royal Yacht Club of
Tasmania and the first woman to be elected
Commodore of the Club.
Keen Melbourne fisherman, Jonathan Couronne went to
Auckland especially to see the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat
Show and to check out the popular Kiwi-built Surtees trailer
boats built by Kawerau-based Surtees Boats.
He went home having won the show’s $200,000 -plus Surtees/
Yamaha Grand Prize!
A keen fisher who, before coming to the show, owned just a
small 4.2 metre boat, Jonathan couldn’t believe his good luck.
“I spent an hour on an identical Surtees on their stand
on the first day of the show,” he said. “All I could think of was
winning it. And I have. I ’m speechless.”
Jonathan says he was so keen, he came to the show all four
days it was open. “One the first day I bought one ticket and on
the second day, I bought another. Then I saw a guy with six
tickets and decided to buy two on the third day and another
(Each entry ticket to the show could be used to enter the
draw for the Grand Prize, so Jonathan ended up with six entries).
Jonathan, who suffers from MS, says he normally fishes with
just his brother-in-law (who drives his boat for him) and his two
boys, because his small boat can only safely accommodate four.
“Now I will be able to take (partner) Judy and some good
friends, too,” he says.
Hutchwilco is New Zealand’s oldest, longest-running and
most popular boat show, attracting over 35,000 people each
year. This is the first time in the show’s 60-plus year history
that its Grand Prize has been won by an overseas visitor to
the show. h
Lucky Grand Prize winner Jonathan Couronne with Surtees’
Adam Dyck, left, and Yamaha Marine NZ’s Matt Walton-Smith in
front of Jonathan’s new Surtees 750 Game Fisher.
Sailing Community recognised in
Queen’s Birthday Honours
John Cuneo was awarded his OAM “for service to sailing”. At
the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, John won an Olympic gold
medal with crewmates in the Dragon class. He competed in the
1974 America’s Cup and was inducted into the Sport Australian
Hall of Fame in 1986. h
Keen Aussie fisher wins $200,000
Surtees/Yamaha grand Prize!
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