Congratulations to the following dinghy sailors who were offered WAIS Sailing Scholarships for 2013/2014:
420: Lachy Gilmour, Tom Blaauw, Carrie Smith, Ella Clark
Laser Standard: Matthew Wearn, Luke Elliott
Laser Radial: Mark Spearman
49erFX: Tessa Parkinson, Kate Lathouras, Ella Giudice, Caitlin Elks
49er: David Gilmour
The Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) Sailing Program focuses on the development of athletes with the capability to represent Australia now and in the future. WAIS' role is specifically within the daily training environment, enhancing performance through coaching, sport science / sport medicine and career and education. A great opportunity for the above young sailors and we wish them all the best in the next 12 months.
WAIS Update from Head Coach, Belinda Stowell
WA Sailors have been busy over the past several weeks!
The WAIS Sailing Squad for 2013 has been finalised and the sailors are competing internally already, as the European seaon commenced with the Palma World Cup.
Matthew Wearn – Palma World Cup event in Spain and placed 6th overall
Matt left Australia in early March to Oman where he was travelling with the Australian Laser squad and competed in a regatta there, in preparation for the World Championships in November.
He raced well, acclimatising to the senior laser fleet, and finished 9th in a fleet of 44 sailors.
With a move to Palma de Mallorca, the Palma World Cup began on the 1st of April and was placed 6th overall.
Australian Youth Sailing Team – 420 sailors
Ella Clark, Carrie Smith, Thomas Blaauw and Lachy Gilmour completed the double! Japan Youth Sailing Regatta and Mandurah Easter Regatta
Ella and Carrie finished 2nd in Japan in the mixed fleet of 420 sailors contesting for their place on the Japanese Youth Team. Lachy and Tom had a tough time overcoming some sickness. The racing was good with 14 boats and many lead changes during the racing. The pair managed to put much of their learning in to practice at the Mandurah Easter Regatta.
The teams competed in Japan in Wakayama in average temperatures of 8 degrees, had some long hours on the water in mostly light to moderate winds. The travel to Japan was great preparation for the Youth World Championships in July this year.
Carrie and Ella managed to adapt well once home, and won the Mandurah Easter Regatta, unaffected by the influx of chocolate! Lachy and Tom suffered some equipment breakage losing the first day of racing.
Mark Spearman continues to prepare for his Youth World Championships in July, racing World Champion Tristan Brown in the Mandurah Easter Regatta. Tristan won the regatta but not without a fight from Mark. Mark will be contesting the European Youth Championships in Croatia in preparation for the Youth Worlds.
Luke Elliott won the Laser Standard class in Mandurah and will join fellow WAIS athlete Matthew Wearn in Hyeres, France in late April for the fourth World Cup event for 2013.
The 49er FX girls have been training hard and following a training camp with Emmett Lazich, the Gold Medallist coach in the 49ers, competed in their state championships with Tessa and Kate taking out the title. Mandurah Easter Regatta was a close fought race with past WAIS athlete Chelsea Hall winning the regatta with her helm Lauren Dawson.
Thanks again for all the support for the WAIS Sailing Program.