Silver sailor Lisa Darmanin will lead Australia Day events on the northern beaches

Silver sailor Lisa Darmanin will lead Australia Day events on the northern beaches

OLYMPIAN Lisa Darmanin couldn’t be prouder to be at the helm of the Northern Beaches’ Australia Day celebrations. The sailor,

OLYMPIAN Lisa Darmanin couldn’t be prouder to be at the helm of the Northern Beaches’ Australia Day celebrations.

The sailor, who clinched silver in Rio 2016 alongside her cousin, Jason Waterhouse, is the official ambassador for the January 26 events.

She’ll speak at the citizenship event at the Manly Council forecourt at 2pm.

The 25 year-old is a first generation Australian. Her mum Sally came from England to live Down Under, and her dad Ed has Maltese heritage.

Both moved over in the 1960s.

But neither could have imagined their daughter would go on to represent their adopted homeland on the world stage.

Silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin as the Australian Sailing team are welcomed back from Rio at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney. pic Mark Evans

“They came to Australia for opportunity. I don’t think they ever dreamt that this would be my opportunity,” she said.

While Darmanin would usually spend Australia Day having a barbecue at the North Balgowlah home she lives with her parents and friends, the former Manly Selective student is

thrilled to be getting involved with the official events.

“We know how lucky we are, but to have a day where we an reflect on that, I think’s really important,” she said.

“After representing Australia and having so many people cheering me on, for me it’s one way to give back.

December’s Sailing World Cup St Kilda Winners Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse in the Nacra 17 class Picture: Wayne Ludbey

“I’ll be sharing what Australia means to me, and the journey my family has had.

“I think it’s just a great day for people to get together, relax and just celebrate the ground country we live in. We may as well be in the water or on the water and soak up the sun.”

Since Rio, Darmanin and Waterhouse won the World Cup Final in their event in Melbourne in December, and will compete in Europe in the winter.

Australia's silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin celebrate during the Nacra 17 medal race on Guanabara Bay Picture: AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Boats in their category, the mixed multihull, are getting a revamp too.

“We’re going to be flying above the water- we’re going to be going really fast,” she said.

“The next few month are going to be about me working really hard in the gym.”

Darmanin started sailing aged nine at Manly Skiff Club, and began competing internationally aged 16.

Australia's silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin pose on the podium after the Nacra 17 Mixed medal race at Marina da Gloria during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Picture: AFP PHOTO / Damien Meyer

Meanwhile, veteran singer Kamahl will appear as ambassador at the Newport and Dee Why Australia Day breakfast events.

The singer is famous for The Elephant Song,

Details: See Lisa at Manly Council forecourt at 2pm, when Australia’s newest citizens will be welcomed.

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