sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 2012 Olympics: Olympic place rejection signals the end of an Era
2012 Olympics: Olympic place rejection signals the end of an Era

'Barbara Kendall sailing in the Medal Race in Qingdao - her fifth Olympics'    Richard Gladwell

The rejection, by Yachting New Zealand, of a place in the Womens Windsurfing event at the 2012 Olympics brings to a sad close a five Olympiad era, in which Barbara Kendall won three Olympic medals.

News of the place rejection came with the publication by the International Sailing Federation of the list of accepted Olympic allocations, and the re-allocations.

New Zealand was one of six countries who rejected an Olympic place across four events. Those places have been re-allocated to countries, generally developing sailing countries, who were unable to win a place in the prescribed qualifying process.

Barbara Kendall - Barcelona 1992  Ivor Wilkins   Click Here to view large photo
Commenting on the decision and non-selection, Barbara Kendall told Sail-World that while she was disappointed that Yachting NZ aren't sending a competitor, she felt that no-one had met the criteria. 'The selectors made the right decision,' she said.

'If Windsurfing was guaranteed to be in 2016 Olympics, then one of the competitors may have been selected on the basis of future Games potential,' she observed. 'Stephanie, Natalia and Justina all had flashes of brilliance, but could not pull a whole regatta together. All three were looking like great contenders for Rio. Usually it takes eight years to get to Olympic standard.'

'The only NZ competitor to have made selection in the windsurfer was JP Tobin and he is being coached by Aaron McIntosh under the Dutch HP program,' said Kendall 'The YNZ windsurfing coached athletes did not qualify!

'Many of our experienced coaches apart from Grant Beck are all coaching other countries,' she added.

(Kendall's reference to JP Tobin pointed to the to the fact that 2012 NZ Olympic representative JP Tobin was until recently, coached by Aaron McIntosh (Bronze medal winner in 2000) who is coaching 2011 World Champion Dorian van Rijsselberge, who will represent The Netherlands in Weymouth. For the past four months Tobin has been coached by top windsurfing coach, Grant Beck (NZL).)

'The Olympic selectors have reviewed the girls (sic) results and regrettably feel they do not justify an Olympic nomination as no candidate has been able to demonstrate a significant chance of achieving a medal in the 2012 Olympic games,' commented Yachting NZ CEO, David Abercrombie in response to a question from Sail-World.com

After triple Olympic medalist, Barbara Kendall, retired in May 2010 there were four aspirants to take up the challenge of being selected. The strongest of these, at the time, Kate Ellingham dropped out after a short comeback from a training injury and disputed selection by Yachting New Zealand where she believed she had met selection criteria set for the 2011 Pre-Olympics at Weymouth, England.

Ellingham had placed fifth and sixth in two ISAF Grade 1 regattas in 2008 and eighth in the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in 2010.

Three other competitors, Steffanie Williams, Natalia Kosinska and Justina Sellers continued in the selection cycle, and it was Williams who qualified NZ for the 2012 Olympics in the 2011 ISAF World Championship in Perth.

At the Skandia sail for Gold Regatta, sailed at Weymouth, England in early June 2012, Kosinska finished in 17th place overall and Williams 23rd in a 43 strong fleet.

Kate Ellingham (NZL) racing in the RSX Women Class on day 3 of the 2009 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth and Portland. -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo


Natalia Kosinska from New Zealand racing in the RSX Women class on day 2 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue. -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo

Justina Sellers, competing in the 2007 Auckland Secondary Schools Regatta. -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo


Steffanie Williams from New Zealand racing in the RSX Women class on day 2 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue. -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo


by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98793

6:45 PM Thu 21 Jun 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

















































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


















ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT