Please select your home edition
Vakaros 2018 728x90

Australian squad for Olympic Test Event announced

by David Sygall 16 Aug 04:26 PDT
Annie Wilmot (L) and Natasha Bryant © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Australia's squad for the first official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Test Event next month will be headlined by six of the seven sailors who won medals at the 2016 Rio Games, Australian Sailing announced today.

The strong squad of 19 also features rising stars Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot, who qualified Australia for an Olympic quota place in the 49erFX at the recent World Championships at Aarhus in Denmark.

The Test Event - which doubles as the first round of the 2019 World Cup Series - will take place at the Olympic venue at Enoshima, 70 kilometres south of Tokyo, from September 9-16.

Performance Director Iain Murray said the regatta would provide Australia's representatives with valuable experience of conditions in and around the Olympic venue.

"This is the next installment in us gaining that experience," Murray said. "It will be a test of our facilities and a great opportunity for us to grow our understanding of the environment."

The Team for Enoshima was selected in two portions. The first was based on criteria around recent results and the second was decided by a three-person panel and confirmed by the Board of Australian Sailing.

The panel consisted of Murray, three-time Olympian and Youth Olympic Games sailing team coach Karyn Gojnich, and former World Champion and Australian Sailing Team lead coach Emmett Lazich.

The sailors selected by the panel were Nathan Outteridge and Haylee Outteridge (Nacra 17), Bryant and Wilmot (49erFX), Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries (470W), Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson (470M), Elyse Ainsworth and Zoe Thomson (Laser Radial) and Jake Lilley (Finn).

Those team members will be joined by those selected before the World Championships - Tom Burton and Matt Wearn (Laser), Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse (Nacra 17), Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (470M), and David Gilmour and Joel Turner (49er).

Team members for the Test Event will begin arriving in Japan from September 3 to start localised training for the regatta.

Find out more at event website.

Related Articles

Olympic Test Event outcomes put Aussies on track
Encouraging results for the team in Enoshima, Japan The Australian Sailing Team has left the first official Olympic Test Event at Enoshima in Japan with encouraging results, headed by a gold medal in the Nacra 17 class and silver medals in the 470M and Laser. Posted on 17 Sep
Gold at Olympic Test Event for silver medallists
Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin reaffirmed their commitmentat in Enoshima, Japan Nacra 17 duo Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have reaffirmed their commitment to "working their little hearts out" in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after claiming a stirring gold medal at the Olympic Test Event at Enoshima in Japan. Posted on 16 Sep
Bumpy ride expected at Tokyo 2020 Test Event
Australia's top sailors will get a valuable taste of the Olympic venue Nineteen of Australia's top performance sailors will get a valuable taste of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue when racing starts at the first official Olympic Test Event on Tuesday. Posted on 10 Sep
Rio Champion Tom Burton set for Olympic Test Event
First official Tokyo 2020 Test Event starts on September 9th Reigning Olympic gold medallist Tom Burton will enter the first official Tokyo 2020 Test Event next month drawing inspiration from a twist of fate he experienced as a youth sailor almost exactly a decade ago. Posted on 28 Aug
National Discover Sailing Day 2018
Enjoy a free sailing experience Sailing Clubs across Australia are inviting the community to enjoy a free sailing experience to celebrate National Discover Sailing Day 2018. Posted on 27 Aug
Australian team at Sailing Worlds Aarhus overall
Finale a fizzler but Nacra future in good hands Australia's Nacra 17 program has confirmed its vast potential for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, despite a frustrating end for all crews and spectators at the 2018 World Championships in Denmark. Posted on 13 Aug
Australian team at Sailing Worlds Aarhus day 9
Matt Wearn adds silver medal to stellar year Australian Sailing Team Laser racer Matt Wearn has won the World Championship silver medal after a nail-biting medal race in which the West Australian came desperately close to claiming gold at Aarhus in Denmark. Posted on 11 Aug
2018 Australian Sailing Awards - Nominations open
Recognising the achievements of members of the sailing and boating community The 2018 Australian Sailing Awards will recognise the achievements of members of the sailing and boating community over the past 12 months, as well as acknowledge those who have contributed to our sport for many years. Posted on 10 Aug
Australian team at Sailing Worlds Aarhus day 8
Olympic qualification lifts spirits after late stumbles Australian crews at opposite ends of experience spectrum have secured qualification places for the Tokyo Olympics, despite moderate fortunes on the final day of racing in their respective classes at the World Championships in Denmark. Posted on 10 Aug
Australian team at Sailing Worlds Aarhus day 7
Young Aussies storm into contention Developing 49erFX crew Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot flew the flag high for Australia at the one week mark of the World Championships, getting ahead of most of gold fleet as well as a brewing storm around Aarhus in Denmark. Posted on 9 Aug
Melges 14 2018 Footer1DSailing FooterMarine Resources BOTTOM