Today I had the opportunity of heading down to Canberra for the Launch of Discover Sailing. It is a new initiative by Yachting Australia to increase the participation in our sport. It was great to see Mal Page take out Kate Lundy who is the Minister for Sport. During the games myself and a few others were following her tweets eagerly awaiting news from Weymouth! Today she got to go for a short sail in not much breeze with Mal and see what it was like. We were joking around for a bit that due to the light air he should have taken something out a bit sporty. Trapeze maybe? Next time.
I also finally got to see Liesl Tesch in person and give her a great big hug! It was pretty cool to stand there with friends and compare the different Gold Medals. The Paralympic’s Medal is labelled Sailing versus Mal’s which says which class it was for instance. Yes we had a discussion on which was best! Oh and then out came a Beijing Gold! Size difference!!! Liesl was tempted to go grab her other medals… But there was a launch to be done!
Here is what it is about:
Page and Tesch to launch Discover Sailing
Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia
Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, London 2012 Olympic Games sailing gold medallist Malcolm Page and London 2012 Paralympic Games sailing gold medallist Liesl Tesch will launch new participation program, Discover Sailing, at Canberra Yacht Club on Friday, 19 October.
The recent success of Australia’s sailors at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has raised the profile of the sport to a new level. Yachting Australia, with the support of the Australian Sports Commission, has developed Discover Sailing, a new participation initiative designed to bring new people into the sport across Australia.
The Discover Sailing Program features a new website,www.discoversailing.org.au, and incorporates a number of key programs, including; Tackers, designed for children aged 7-12, Sailability, a program for people of all-abilities and Discover Sailing Days, Experiences and Courses, to be delivered by Clubs.
It was worth the drive to Canberra and back! Bring on Sailing Chix with Nix in the morning!