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SailGP launches its Adopt-a-Club program in Sydney
SailGP Inspire’s Adopt-a-Club community outreach program is being launched in Sydney at the Australia Sail Grand Prix presented by KPMG, taking place 17th-18th December.
Initiating partnerships through local sailing clubs and organisations, the program is designed to expand opportunities in the sport for diversity and inclusion as part of the global league’s Race for the Future – driving towards a better sport and a better planet.
In each SailGP host city, SailGP’s eight national teams – comprising the sports best athletes – are fostering relationships within the respective communities.
Recognising that sailing organisations and clubs are the entry point for many young people to a world of on-water activities, the aim of the program is to have a positive influence on their future by inspiring the next generation, provide industry insights and open their eyes to potential career paths in the marine industry.
Australia SailGP Team driver Tom Slingsby notes “SailGP’s Adopt-a-Club program has been a brilliant initiative for Season 2 facilitating direct contact between the SailGP teams and an engaged local audience at each event. As we now head into our home event in Sydney we can’t wait to meet the local sailors from Woollahra Sailing Club, use the power of sport for good and inspire F50 athletes of the future.”
Woollahra Sailing Club – newly paired with the Australia SailGP Team – plays an integral role in introducing children to sailing in a fun, safe and accessible way. By providing access to on-water programs, young people are able to develop their self-esteem and confidence through sailing activities, an experience that may not otherwise be realised in their daily lives.
Woollahra Sailing Club commodore Jay Harrison adds "the members and volunteers at the club are extremely excited about being partnered with the Australian team for the SailGP Adopt-a-Club program in Sydney. We are keen to maximise the interaction, impact and spectacle of this global sailing event for the young people of Sydney. We hope that many of the youth, who don't normally engage with on-water activity, will be inspired to have a go and discover the joys of a sport we are all passionate about."
Pairings for the Adopt-a-Club program at the Sydney Sail Grand Prix presented by KPMG include:
Woollahra Sailing Club with Australia SailGP Team, Connells Point Sailing Club with Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Sailing Club with Spain SailGP Team, Vaucluse Amateurs 12ft Sailing Club with France SailGP Team, Concord & Ryde Sailing Club with Great Britain SailGP Team, Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club with Japan SailGP Team, Hunters Hill Sailing Club with New Zealand SailGP Team, and Port Hacking Open Sailing Club with United States SailGP Team.
7th May 2017 - John Lee appointed Chief Executive at Australian Sailing
12th September 2016 - ARV and Australian Sailing to pilot ‘Learn to Swim & Sail’ program
12th July 2016 - Australian Sailing completes major governance changes
13th November 2014 - Pacific Island leaders sail into Sydney Harbour with call to protect oceans
16th January 2013 - Federal Government commitment to elite sailing
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