Competitive sailing is a tough environment to try and make a living from and without the huge network and amazing support of all the organizations and people behind me I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Australian Sailing Squad – As of 2014 I have achieved a goal I have long thought out of my reach. I made it into the Australian Sailing Squad, a huge step for me personally on my way to the games and a massive confidence booster. As long as I am in the squad my chances at the games are better than ever. Thank you for your support.
Now it’s 2018 and I’m still a part of the Australian Sailing Squad. I’m slowly working my way up the ladder and hope to qualify for the AST this year.
WAIS – The Western Australian Institute of Sport gave me my first big break at trying to become a professional in my sport. They gave me the structure I needed in my programming and have been a vital stepping stone on my way to the top. It’s great knowing I have such good people in my home state to support me.
This is the same now as it ever was. I’m entering my 7th year in WAIS this year and Belinda and the team are still the people I call on first if there’s a problem.
Fremantle Sailing Club – Sailing in Perth provides some very unique conditions to experience and there is no better place to sail in the legendary Freo doctor than in Fremantle itself. Being able to take advantage of such great facilities and an amazing coaching program lead by Arthur Brett I have been very fortunate to have such a supportive club.
Again still true to this day in 2018. Even though Arthur is gone his legacy lives on through Thor and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without FSC’s ongoing support.
Western Australian Laser Association – As far as volunteer run organisations go in sailing, WALA would have to be one of the most organised and friendly. Open to anyone and always willing to help, they were a fantastic support group for me in my early days and continue to offer this help to anyone who asks.