Rousing welcome home for our Silver Medalist

  • September 25, 2016

Rio Paralympic Sailing Silver Medallist Matt Bugg has received a rousing welcome home from his fellow members of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

The Club was packed on Friday evening with members eager to personally congratulate Matt on his great achievement and look at the Silver Medal that he wore proudly around his neck.

Commodore Matthew Johnston, in welcoming Matt back to the Club and congratulating him on this Silver Medal, pointed out that he was the only competitor in the 2.4m Norlin OD class to win four races at Rio.

Despite being tired from his long flight from Rio, arriving in Sydney last Thursday morning, attending a reception at the CYCA that afternoon, then finally flying home to Hobart on Friday, Bugg expressed his gratitude for the great support he had received on the ‘road to Rio’.

Commodore Matthew Johnston welcomes Matt Bugg back to to the RYCT. Photo Peter Campbell

Commodore Matthew Johnston welcomes Matt Bugg back to to the RYCT. Photo Peter Campbell

“I received thousands of messages of support during the Games from Tasmanians, also from across the Nation and around the World,’ he said.

Matt went to specifically thank his long-term coach, Richard Scarr, and Andrew Leckie, describing Andrew as “the world’s best sail designer and the world’s best weather guru.”

Round the World sailor David Graney congratulations Matt Bugg. Photo Peter Campbell.

Round the World sailor David Graney congratulations Matt Bugg. Photo Peter Campbell.

Matt has made no decision yet, but he may well be sailing back on the Derwent for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Showdown regatta in November.

He specifically thanked fellow Hobart 2.4m sailors for their support in final training for the Rio Paralympics and indicated that he would support the development of the class on the Derwent.

Peter Campbell

25 September 2016