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From Mornington Yacht Club:
No Australian 49er Fx Team Selected For Olympics
Early this morning, Australian time, the Yachting Australia Appeals Board rejected the Appeals by two Australian 49er FX crews about their non-selection to the Rio Olympics. Having qualified a spot for the Games the Australians were eligible to send a team but the Yachting Australia selection panel chose not to send a team. Two of the three teams appealed the decision, but overnight both Appeals were denied.
The last avenue of appeal open to both teams is to CAS, although there is a ticking clock in that the Australian Olympic Committee must notify World Sailing by June 1st if they are to send a representative. If not, the position will go to the next country on the WS list of qualified countries. It is not know if either team will appeal to CAS.
* Editor: There are a lot of people close to this situation who believe this to be an exceedingly unwise decision. Olivia Price had been the clear favourite as hers was the only team to have achieved a top ten finish in a nominated list of events... however, that was some time ago and since then, Tess Lloyd has beaten her in every race for the past 15 months.
Tess was the young woman who suffered a significant head injury (fractured skull), and was in a coma for three weeks after being struck by a boardsailor during a skiff regatta in Queensland in 2012.
Tess had to LEARN TO WALK AND TALK AGAIN and endured months of rehabilitation. And now she is one of the best skiff sailors in the world.
This spring she finished 5th at Palma, 16th at Hyeres, 14th at the European Championship. Beating Price at Hyeres and the Europeans.
But Yachting Australia has looked only at their statistical charts and decided to save a bit of money by not sending any representative for the 49er FX class.
Tess's is an heroic story... one can only imagine the PR bonanza that this would bring to Australia and to Olympic dinghy sailing.
Think about all the (comparatively) bland puff pieces on "athletes overcoming adversity" that you've seen on television during previous Olympics. Now think about how this story would play out in global television markets. This one's as real as it gets.
Tess and her crew Caitlin Elks have a decent shot at a medal and are a marketer's dream team in promoting sailing to a wider audience. Doesn't anyone at the YA Appeals Board watch sports on television? ... See MoreSee Less
Nathan LaurieIt seems a real shame for a country to qualify for an event and not send a competitor as they feel they are unlikely to win a medal. The olympics are supposed to be the pinnacle event for these sailors, yet if there is not a representative from the top qualifying nations, how can this claim be true?22 hours ago · 1
Ian Kellyif the same jaundiced eye was passed over Beethoven - we would have never been blessed with his music - its not a fairytale - its just having a really good dig -22 hours ago · 1
Ian KellyIs it just money the issue - I bet we could get a crowd funding campaign up22 hours ago · 8
Steven BrewinBad move they need to get the experience and learn at this one , that way next time around they will always be better and give Aussies best chance for future olympics Anything can happen at a regatta , sometimes teams gel within a very short period of time aswell21 hours ago · 8
Robert GriffitsHas Australia's Olympic ideal just been reduced to a medal making machine? If Australians have qualified they should go. Their place will otherwise be taken by nations with poorer economic resources, but better ideals.20 hours ago · 6
Peter BradburyI bet if we told the junket riders at the AYF board their not going there would up roar typical of these decisions from these so called experts20 hours ago · 10
Guy GoldrickWhat about giving them valuable experience from Rio for the next Olympics! Yachting Australia you are gooses.20 hours ago · 2
Martina CiottiIf they were from anywhere else there would be no question about whether they would be going to the Olympics. They been working so hard and their results show that they are more than worthy competitors to represent Australia. Stop this bullocks Yatchting Australia, and stop cutting our sailors short of their potential19 hours ago · 2
Ash DyerLet the girls race! All this talk about women in sport, and its things like this that make women in sports drop out. They're sailing icon for junior girls coming through the ranks, bloody send them and accomplish their dream.19 hours ago · 4
Alan WilsonLike most sporting committees in Australia, they are very short sighted in their approach yet will spend money on their people on nothing more than junkets. I know what is cheaper as you do.19 hours ago · 2
Alan WilsonOne of the problems is that some of the people at the top do not think of the benefits to the sport looking ahead, simply because they do not have the proper experience nor understand sailing or sport in general.18 hours ago · 3
Jody ShielsAlthough this decision was expected it still seems that to most people( us common folk ) it's the wrong one ......,, The experience a team would get from being in this environment would be priceless but it seems that the people at the top of our sport see it differently .....I was reading a sports magazine while at a doctors surgery and found this interesting piece ........seems someone is getting a good chunk of money .,keeping in mind this was for 2014/2015 ..my guess is that each year funding on this cycle would be similar due to our success at London ........ I'm a strong believer in just having a go and see what happens !!!!! Maybe the people in charge of our Olympic sailing team have a much different opinion ????? Swim team seem to be able to send as many athletes as they can !!!!!!!strange that !!!!!18 hours ago · 3
Steve BrajkovichThis is another reason why I don't have a YA number any more and never will again. Bonn voyage AYF18 hours ago · 1
Julian BorgertYachting Australia you r a pack of wankers! Wake up n smell the coffee. People like this will not disappoint. Also, did I mention you have the marketing aplomb of an arse!17 hours ago · 1
Steve BrajkovichThey can always find a Country to sail for that would appreciate their hard work. Many Australian sailors have ventured overseas.17 hours ago · 1
Danielle HendersonAs a sailing chick myself and raising 2 girls that are both sailing. I would hope that if they put in the work and make the commitment to achieve as the 49er fx girls have that they would be selected to compete for their country. It is the highest honour we have in our sport. If they qualify let them go. 4 years is a long time to wait for another chance, then again who is to say that it won't happen again.17 hours ago · 5
Alastair Clann McLachlanLove the way those who place themselves in the position of promoting sailing in Australia walk away from a great opportunity to do just that. Politics, Money and Personal Aggrandisement will do it every time.17 hours ago · 2
Grant RogersI am probably biased but I think they should have selected Olivia. She won a silver medal at the last Olympics and it was the committee that stuff her up in the first place. Her boat didn't make it to qualifying and she got a pig of a boat as a replacement. Surely getting a medal at the last Olympics counts for something when it ends up that close.17 hours ago · 3
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TBT! That one time that all the AC teams hopped over to the TP 52 circuit and ETNZ was flying downwind; wihtout foils!
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