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Another outstanding year for
Australian Olympic and Paralympic sailing
team members was celebrated at the 2013
Australian Yachting awards on Friday 18
October. More than 220 guests attended
the event at the Museum of Contemporary
Art in the Rocks, Sydney. ABC’s Angela
Catterns was the MC of the evening.
The Australian Sailing Team, including
members of the up and coming Australian
Sailing Squad, took home the Male,
Female, Disabled and Youth Sailor of the
A year after the London 2012 Olympic
Games the future of the Australian Sailing
Team looks bright with the 2013 Youth
World Champions Carrie Smith (WA)
and Ella Clark (WA), newcomers to the
Australian Sailing Squad, rewarded with
both the Female and Youth Sailor of the
Year awards. The young duo displayed
maturity beyond their years in winning
gold in the 420 girls class at the 2013 ISAF
Youth Sailing World Championships in
Cyprus in July.
The Male Sailor of the Year category
was awarded to the 2013 World Champions
in the 470 Class, Mathew Belcher
(QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD). This new
combination were rewarded for their
domination of the 470 Class winning a
total of nine regattas including the ISAF
World and European Championships,
three ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas and
a number of other national and regional
championships. Claiming the 470 Class
World Championship in France in August
was the duo’s biggest victory of the year.
Sailor of the Year with a Disability
Award went to Collin Harrison, Jonathan
Harris and Russell Boaden. This was
in recognition of their bronze medal at
the 2013 IFDS World Championships in
Kinsale, Ireland in August.
The President’s Award went to David
Kellet for his continued contribution to
the sport nationally and internationally.
Sydney Fischer and the late Ian
Grant were recognised with the Lifetime
Achievement Award for their involvement
and contributions to the sport of sailing.
Syd Fischer was acknowledged as one of
Australia’s greatest ever yachtsman, his
sailing career spanning a record 44 Sydney
to Hobart Yacht Races. He self-funded a
record five America’s Cup campaigns and
captained Australia to win at the Admiral’s
Cup and Clipper/Kenwood Cups. Syd
Fischer was also credited for launching the
America’s Cup careers for many sailors,
including Iain Murray and James Spithill.
Renowned sailing journalist Ian
Grant’s work in championing the sport
included time with several Queensland
news outlets, the Brisbane Courier Mail
and several sailing publications including
Afloat. Grant, who passed away earlier
this year, was also passionately involved
in radio reporting of sailing events such
as the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race,
Airlie Beach Race Week and Hamilton
Island Race Week.
The Canberra Yacht Club was named
as the Sport Promotion Award winner
for the introduction of a special sailing
program, Buoyed Up, which is designed
to provide vulnerable young people aged
7-12 years with a fun, confidence-building
World Champs Belcher and Ryan add 2013
Australian Yachting Awards to their accolades
Victorian John Burgess was the
recipient in the Sport Volunteer Award
and Sandringham Yacht Club CEO Richard
Hewett in the Sport Professional Award
Youth Sailors of the Year – Carrie Smith
and Ella Clark with Matt Favier, Director
Australian Institute of Sport.
Lifetime Achievement Award to Ian Grant
(received by his son & daughter) presented
by YA President David Gotze.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan with Craig Kelly MP.
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