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THE ROAD TO 2004 - GREEK GOLD

by Megan Seton on 14 Feb 2001
THE ROAD TO 2004 - GREEK GOLD
Sailing Announces AIS Program Athletes and National Olympic Squad

The Australian Yachting Federation has today announced those athletes who
have qualified for membership to the inaugural AIS Sailing Program. These
athletes are:

Class Name State
Mistral Men Michael Lancey NSW
Tornado Darren Bundock & John Forbes NSW
Star Colin Beashel & David Giles NSW
Laser Brendan Casey QLD
Laser Ben Austin NSW
Europe Sarah Blanck VIC
470 Men Matthew & Daniel Belcher QLD
470 Women Jenny Armstrong & Belinda Stowell NSW/WA
49er Chris Nicholson & Michael Blackburn NSW
49er Mark Turnbull & Nick Partridge VIC
Yngling Melanie Dennison, Fiona Herbert & Kristen Kosmala VIC/NSW/NSW

There are no nominations in the Finn and Mistral Women at this time.

Membership is based on top 10 overall place at an athlete’s Olympic Class
World Championship in the year preceding 1 March. The AYF (Coaching
Council) may also consider nominating other athletes who meet the objectives
of the AIS Sailing Program.

These athletes represent the top level of Sailing’s Olympic class talent.

This is the first time that sailing has been included as an AIS program.
The support of the AIS in the funding of a sailing program will provide
sailing’s elite Olympic class athletes with a strong basis for the
development of their 2004 Olympic campaigns.

National Olympic Squad
The National Olympic Squad is selected as a result of the AYF’s Funding
Guidelines, Olympic Classes 2001 to 2004 (published December 2000). The
athletes on the squad are:
Class Name State
Mistral Men Cameron Harrison NSW
Mistral Men Michael Lancey NSW
Mistral Women Allison Shreeve NSW
Laser Brendan Casey QLD
Laser Ben Austin NSW
Europe Sarah Blanck VIC
Tornado Darren Bundock & John Forbes NSW
Star Colin Beashel & David Giles NSW
Star Phil & Phillip Baker NSW
470 Men Matthew & Daniel Belcher QLD
470 Women Jenny Armstrong & Belinda Stowell NSW/WA
470 Women Lisa Charlson & Lisa Rooke QLD/WA
49er Chris Nicholson & Michael Blackburn NSW
49er Mark Turnbull & Nick Partridge VIC
Yngling Melanie Dennison, Fiona Herbert & Kristen Kosmala VIC/NSW/NSW

The domestic events for the, Ynglings and 49ers are still to be completed.
Additional National Olympic Squad members may be admitted based on their
results under this pointscore.

The AYF’s High Performance Program has also announced Craig Ferris as a
National Coach with specific responsibility for the 49er class.
Additionally, he will also work with the AIS Sailing Program members based
in NSW.

Ferris has also been appointed as the NSW Institute of Sport Sailing Program
Head Coach. This position will give him the responsibility of supporting
the best NSW Olympic and Youth class sailors in addition to talent
identification work around the State.

Ferris has previously coached Australian and overseas Olympic class sailors
at international level events including the Olympic Games. He has worked
extensively with Australia's youth sailors and has led Australia to
excellent results at three Youth World Championships including a Gold Medal
at the 1995 Worlds with Sarah Blanck in the Laser Radial Class.
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For further information please contact:
Megan Seton, AYF, Phone: 02 9922 4333 or 0412 165 543
E-mail: Megan.Seton@yachting.org.au or website www.yachting.org.au

AYF Principal Sponsor: BEA Systems
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