About the project
Mara Stransky is an 18 year old girl with the goal of representing Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the Laser Radial (women's single handed sailing class). Although her rapid progression into this class has been far from conventional and her period of involvement extremely short compared to those of her competitors, she has already progressed to the point where she is in a realistic position to fight for the next Olympic selection.
After being involved in the sport of dinghy sailing for just two years she has achieved the results necessary to progress through her state's underpinning program and into the state high performance program (Queensland Academy of Sport) and national squad (Australian Sailing Squad). This journey so far has taken her from an unknown, un-ranked girl in a country rich in sailing success and history, to one now ranked among the top 5 Australian females competing in the class.
These results however do not come without sacrifice as already Mara is required to spend 1-2 weeks per month training, away from home, at the National Training Centre, travelling overseas at least twice a year to compete in crucial international events and of course committing to a high volume training load on and off the water whilst at home which makes maintaining a consistent job difficult. Naturally all these things incur considerable expense, not to mention the steep ongoing costs of maintaining and replacing equipment on a regular basis. This fundraising program aims to assist Mara in covering the costs of an Olympic sailing campaign over the next 3 years.
Being a young girl who has progressed so fast to international standard whilst still being able to compete in local youth events alongside other youngsters with big dreams is a positive for the sport of sailing in Australia as it provides an example which bridges the gap between these big dreams and reality.