Who made the 2020 Olympic Test Event Sailing team?
Sailing Australia has just released its pick for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Test Event, held from the 15 to 22 August this year. The team includes 14 sailors, including previous Olympic champions and up and coming talent.
The Director of Australian Sailing Team Performance, Iain Murray was reported as saying the team was chosen based on results and is ‘…the best team Australian [sic] can forward at what is effectively a dry run of the Olympics.’
“The important thing is that we give the athletes the best chance to experience the performance environment as they would during the Games, and we will take the learnings from this to help shape how we behave when we are back there in July next year chasing Olympic gold.”
Here’s what else you should know.
Let’s talk Laser
The full Olympic Test event will be held in Enoshima, which is approximately 70 kilometres south of Tokyo. Each country must qualify and is represented by one sailor per class. The idea is to simulate the Olympic regatta as closely as possible.
This year, Australia has been allowed two spots in the Laser class, thanks to special consideration from World Sailing. Aussies do historically well in the Laser, with Tom Burton taking home gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Tom Slingsby winning gold in the London 2012 Games.
“We are in an incredible position having such a strong laser fleet,” Murray said.
Right now, Australia has 2 of the top 5 sailors in this class, with Burton and two-time European champion, Matt Wearn. According to Murray, this is why World Sailing has allowed Australia to have two places.
Western Australia & QLD represent
WA locals Monique De Vries and Nia Jerwood are set to represent Australia in the Women’s 470. The pair took home ninth place in the European 470 Championships and are currently participating in the Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France.
Queenslander Mara Stransky is considered one to watch in the Laser Radial class, finishing 7th in the Laser Radial Europeans in Porto recently. The fleet was of world-class standing, making Stransky a rising talent to look out for in Test Event.
Same beds, food and coaching
Simulating conditions expected at the Tokyo Olympics doesn’t stop on the water. Athletes will emulate every aspect of the Olympic Games, including working with coaches and staff, eating the same food and sleeping in the same bed.
“We need to simulate this week exactly as if it was the Olympics,” Murray said.
“Whatever we need to do to excel in 2020, we need to simulate at this event.”
After the week long regatta, the World Cup Series will take place, which is set to include a larger Aussie team.
The full 2020 Olympic Test Event Sailing team for Australia
The full team* chosen by Australian Sailing includes:
- 470 Women – Nia Jerwood & Monique De Vries
- 470 Men – Mat Belcher & Will Ryan
- Laser – Matt Wearn & Tom Burton
- Radial – Mara Stransky
- Finn – Jake Lilley
- 49er – Will Phillips and Sam Phillips
- FX – Tess Lloyd & Jaime Ryan
- Nacra – Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin
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* Facts and quotes in this Article were sourced from the Australian Olympic Committee website.
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