Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Macquarie Access Worlds opening - Politicians attending

by Di Pearson on 9 Apr 2012
Getting ready to race - Access Worlds David Staley - copyright
Middle Harbour Yacht Club, host of the 2012 Macquarie World Championships, is pleased to announce that Tony Abbott, Federal Member for Warringah and Leader of the Opposition, along with the Hon. Graham Annesley MP, the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, will attend the Opening Ceremony of the event this Sunday evening.

The two will be joined by yachting icon, Sir James Hardy and other special guests, including indigenous performers and guest speakers.

Some of the world’s most highly decorated sailors, among them Paralympians and world, national and European champions, will compete when racing gets underway on Sydney Harbour from 9-13 April.

Open to competitors of all abilities, making it a rare opportunity for athletes with a disability to compete alongside able-bodied athletes, MHYC welcomes spectators to come and view some world-class sailors doing what they do best.

At the top of those heading to Middle Harbour for the event is Zoltan Pegan. Originally from Australia, he now calls Hungary home. As reigning world and European champion in the Access 303 single-person, and in the two-person with his wife Eva, he is the man to beat and the pairs to beat. The 53 year-old former pilot, also represented Hungary in the 2.4mR single-person class at the Beijing Games.

At the other end of the age spectrum is 16 year-old Angus MacGregor, a finalist in the 2009 Australian Yachting Awards who went on to win the 2010 Sailor of the Year with a Disability award for his outstanding victory at the 2010 Access 2.3 World Championship in the UK, where he won seven out of the eight race series.

The Queenslander’s sailing career went ahead when he won the 2008 Australian Access Championship and then claimed victory in the 2009 International Access Class Regatta in Japan. Sailing regularly against able-bodied sailors has made the youngster tough in the Access 2.3 Single Person. However, he will also have to sail against older brother, Duncan, who owns a few titles of his own.

Beijing Paralympic silver medallist, Dan Fitzgibbon, will be on the start line with his crew, 42 year-old Liesl Tesch. The gregarious NSW Central Coast teacher has represented Australia at five Paralympic Games in Wheelchair Basketball, winning Silver at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, adding Bronze from the Beijing Games. The two look set to represent Australia at London Paralympics in the SKUD 18, but team is yet to be announced.

Ame Barnbrook is a remarkable 23 year-old from the NSW South Coast. Born with Phocoamelia, meaning she has only the lower half of her left leg, a small foot and three toes and no other limbs. The accomplished trumpet player has kept Fitzgibbon and Tesch’s honest in the SKUD 18 for Paralympic selection, and has won a few events along the way.

Greg Hyde from Clontarf in NSW is a former windsurfing world champion who represented Australia at the 1984 Olympics. He was also a 16ft skiff champion and crew of the gruelling 1993 Sydney Hobart overall winner before a usually fatal form of encephalitis struck him 14 years ago.

A stroke in 2008 resulted in partial paralysis, short-term memory loss, and speech difficulties, but has not stopped him competing in the sport he loves. Gold at the 2009 World Masters Games and a win in his first competition in the Liberty class proves ‘Hydey’ still has what it takes.

Stephen Churm – the NSW sailor recently joined Beijing bronze medallist skipper, Colin Harrison, in his Sonar three-person boat for a Paralympic campaign. In their first outing, they finished fourth against a world-class fleet and Churm, who will compete at these Championships in the Access 303, is likely to be heading to the London Paralympics.

Access designer, Chris Mitchell, will also be attending the Worlds. The Victorian is always on hand to tweak boats, make repairs, and generally help out, both on and off the water.

To follow the Macquarie 2012 Access Worlds, go to the official website.
PredictWind.comAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82

Related Articles

Macquarie Access Worlds - SKUD title to Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Macquarie Access World Championships - Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have put their prospective rivals on notice Macquarie Access World Championships - Three days before they are officially announced as the SKUD 18 crew to represent Australia at the London Paralympic Games, Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have put their prospective rivals on notice, winning 10 out of 10 races in the international fleet.
Posted on 13 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access World Championships – Wind gods strike on final day
Macquarie 2012 Access World Championships final morning was beautiful but the wind gods went on strike Macquarie 2012 Access World Championships, being hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sydney Harbour, final morning was beautiful but while the warm sun smiled down on the 120 competitors, the wind gods went on strike forcing race officials to abandon racing in the single-person competitions.
Posted on 13 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access World Championships –Wrath of nature
Macquarie Access Worlds - Helena Horswell managed to 'laugh at nature' during the difficult conditions of Tuesday Macquarie Access World Championships, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, continue on Sydney Harbour. Helena Horswell, an effervescent New Zealander competing this week managed to 'laugh at nature' during the difficult conditions of Tuesday that all 120 sailors felt the wrath of.
Posted on 13 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access World Championships - Tough Competition
Macquarie Access Worlds - Greg Hyde, a Clontarf, NSW sailor has an unassailable lead in the Liberty single-person class Macquarie Access World Championships, being hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, are currently underway on Sydney Harbour. Greg Hyde, a Clontarf, NSW sailor who represented Australia at the 1984 Olympics in the windsurfer class, has an unassailable lead in the Liberty single-person class going into the final day.
Posted on 12 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access Worlds - Tasmanians benefit from heavy winds
Macquarie Access World Championships penultimate day, at Middle Harbour YC, got underway in 10-12 knot south-westerlies Macquarie Access World Championships penultimate day, at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, got underway in 10-12 knot south-westerlies. If anyone has been in a position to reap the benefits of the heavy winds experienced on Sydney Harbour, it has been the Tasmanian team.
Posted on 12 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access World Championships - Perfect conditions
Macquarie Access World Championship - Light south-westerly winds made a change from the heavy winds of the past two days Macquarie Access World Championships 2012 penultimate day got underway on Sydney Harbour in light 10-12 knot south-westerly winds, which made a change from the heavy winds of the past two days. This did not detract Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) from the job at hand, as the two added a further pair of wins to their already perfect score.
Posted on 12 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access World Championships - Australians lead New Zealanders
Macquarie Access World Championships 2012 - Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are getting closer to realising a dream Macquarie Access World Championships 2012 - Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are getting closer to realising a dream to win gold at the Paralympic Games in London later this year, today adding two further wins to their already perfect tally in the SKUD class. The Queenslander and his NSW Central Coast crew are yet to be beaten at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club hosted event
Posted on 11 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access World Championships - Exhilarating sailing
Macquarie Access World Championships - Angus MacGregor is showing just why he is the defending champion Macquarie Access World Championships, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, are being held on Sydney Harbour. Sixteen year-old Angus MacGregor from Tinaroo in Queensland is showing just why he is the defending champion of the Access 2.3 single-person class.
Posted on 11 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access World Championships - Testing conditions
Macquarie Access World Championships - Conditions tested all this afternoon when the single-person classes hit the water Macquarie Access World Championships 2012 are being hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sydney Harbour. Conditions tested all this afternoon when all the single-person classes hit the water for the 2.00pm session and only the fittest survived strong winds to finish two races.
Posted on 10 Apr 2012
Macquarie Access Worlds - Bullets of wind propel Kiwi sailors + Video
Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel are competing at the Access World Championships in the Paralympic SKUD 18 class. Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel are competing at the Access World Championships in the Paralympic SKUD 18 class. The pair have been nominated to represent NZ at the Paralympics and are working hard to prove they are worth selecting. I caught up with Tim and Jan after day two and with four races complete.
Posted on 10 Apr 2012