About the project
Josh Dawson was selected into the Australian Sailing 470 Men's Squad initially in 2015 through a draft program run by Australian Sailing. He was selected from over 50 applicants to become part of the national squad and to represent Australia on the international level. After only one year competing Josh was able to achieve some promising results, placing 6th at his first Junior World Championships. In 2016 Josh changed tack and entered the world of match racing and was part of the Youth Match Racing World Championship winning team as well as the University World Champion team.
Josh is now back in the world of Olympic class sailing and is ready to push for selection for the Tokyo Olympics. The money raised here will help Josh and his sailing partner immensely. With only limited financial support from Australian Sailing and a high amount of travel and equipment expenses, the financial support will help go towards the purchase of integral equipment, such as a new racing boat and other related equipment, as well as flights, accommodation and all the other relevant travel costs that come with spending months at a time away from home.
The high work rate required to be able to compete with the top teams, combined with the large amount of domestic and international travel, means Josh doesn't have much time left over for work as well as his university commitments, the extra financial support would mean more time training and improving key skills and less time worrying about how to pay for the next competition.