The Australian Sailing Team is the national representative Team for sailing and comprises some of the leading Olympic and Paralympic Class sailors in the world today. Only athletes with the clear potential to win Olympic and Paralympic medals are involved.
To qualify, sailors must achieve a top 10 placing at the World Championships in their class, or have the potential to do so within two years. Our goal is simple -- to be the best team in the World and to win Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medals.
The Australian Sailing Team draws together our elite Olympic and Paralympic Class athletes into one cohesive and effective group. Our Australian Sailing Squad, State Performance Programs and Australian Sailing Youth Team provide a seamless pathway for young sailors who share our aspirations.
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Gold Medal Plan 2016+ -- on the Road To Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020 and beyond
Australia enjoys a very proud history in Olympic and Paralympic Sailing, boasting many medal-winning Olympians and Paralympians.
Following a major review of the Olympic Sailing program after the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, where Australian Sailing came away empty-handed, a ‘Gold Medal Plan’ was developed with the aim of returning Australia to our pre-eminent position as a leading Olympic sailing nation in the World.
The Gold Medal Plan 2016+ aims to refine the foundations laid over the past years and complete the path to a sustainable medal-winning system from Junior to Youth to Olympic medallist.
Fundamental to this strategy was the creation of the Australian Sailing Team in 2006 as a semi-autonomous entity with a highly professional approach to winning multiple medals in Beijing in 2008 and beyond.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China Australia returned to the number two sailing nation, winning two Gold medals and one Silver medal at the Olympic Games as well as one Silver, one Bronze at the Paralympic Games.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Australia produced its best ever Olympic performance with three gold medals and one silver medal, making Australia the number one sailing nation and Australia’s most successful Olympic Sport. At the 2012 Paralympic Games Australia also won one Gold Medal from the three events.
On our Road to Rio 2016 and beyond our aim is to not only return Gold Medals to Australia but also to provide a lasting legacy for the sport in Australia.
Our Team is based in Australia, although our athletes spend up to six months each year campaigning overseas. A dedicated Australian Sailing Team support unit operates within Yachting Australia, which includes successful sailor and businessman Peter Conde as Performance Director and longstanding team member Katie Culbert as the Program Manager.
A high-calibre, dedicated coaching line-up is led by Victor Kovalenko, multiple gold medal-winning coach in the 470 Class. Along with Olympic Medallists Michael Blackburn (Laser), Andrew Landenberger (Nacra 17) and John J Bertrand (Finn); plus World Champion Emmett Lazich (49er) as well as International sailors Shane Smith (49erFX), Jared West (Laser Radial) and Nathan Wilmot (Women’s 470).