Happy International Women’s Day! From Australian Sailing
Happy International Women’s Day! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the female race officials, competitors, administrators, volunteers, managers and family members who work tirelessly, both on and off the water, to make sailing a better sport for all of us to enjoy.
As we move into 2018 there is a strong focus for more female participation in sailing and Amanda Lulham from the Daily Telegraph, who has been a big supporter of both sailing and women in sport, has written a great article showcasing leading female sailors and leaders who are making waves across the world. To read the article click HERE
In addition to today’s successes, we also celebrate the past and the extraordinary women who have inspired so many in sailing and who have shaped our sport. These sailors include; Kay Cottee who famously sailed Blackmore’s First Lady to be the first female to sail around the globe. Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell who were the first Australian women to win an Olympic sailing medal, winning gold in the 470 class at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Finally there’s Liesl Tesch who, with her sailing partner, Dan Fitzgibbon become the first ever Paralympians to win back to back gold medals in sailing at the London and Rio Paralympics plus they won a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
These wonderful achievements have been cemented into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame to ensure that their commitment to sailing shapes the sport into future and encourage more women to participate and excel. If you would like to read more about the Australian Hall of Fame visit https://sailinghalloffame.org.au/
And, of course, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania has its own woman Commodore, Tracy Matthews.
Words: Australian Sailing & Peter Campbell
Photos: Australian Sailing & Peter Campbell