About the project

Australian Sailing is the National Sporting Organisation for sailing in Australia and is responsible for delivering the performance program of the sport. The Australian Sailing Team is the pinnacle of the performance program. The Australian Sailing Team project was established in 2006 to assist national team members to achieve medal winning performances at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and beyond. After collecting two gold, a silver and a bronze at the Sydney Olympic Games, the Australian Sailing Team returned home from Athens 2004 without any medals even though there were many talented athletes in the team. In response to this result, Australian Sailing commissioned a wide reaching independent review and analysis into the Australian Sailing Team's performance at the Athens Games to identify what was required to deliver multiple medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. This extensive review led to the creation of the Gold Medal Plan (GMP). The GMP reflected a new focus on high performance targets for the sport. In addition to the processes for the development of athletes, coaches, administration and programs, the GMP identified two key actions that would guarantee success in the future:
  • establishment of the Australian Sailing Team, as the peak Australian national representative sailing team, and
  • gain support and adequate funding for the AST to ensure the team is able to prepare and achieve its maximum potential.
As a result the AST Project was established through the Australian Sports Foundation. The results in Beijing 2008- two gold, two silver and a bronze, in London 2012- four gold and one silver and in Rio 2016 one gold and three silver medals indicate the success of the project. Donate today and support members of the Australian Sailing Team Find out more about us on our website, Facebook or Twitter.


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