Sustainability leaders and champions gathered at SailGP’s latest Champions For Change summit to share local innovations in ocean health and renewable energy.

The event, which took place as part of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, showcased a number of pioneering companies and included speeches from the likes of Allan Scott, co-founder of Aspiring Materials and David Tayler, head of the Christchurch Antarctic Office.

Elsewhere, Live Ocean chief executive Sally Paterson spoke alongside New Zealand SailGP Team strategist Jo Aleh on the team’s Race For the Future partnership.

Speaking at the event, Paterson said co-CEOs of the New Zealand team driver Peter Burling and wing trimmer Blair Tuke, ‘couldn’t wait to start talking about an issue that they felt very connected to - the health of the ocean.”

Season 3 // New Zealand Sail Grand Prix // Sally Paterson at Champions For Change

“Our partnership with the New Zealand SailGP Team has a massive impact on Live Ocean. We’re able to take those messages to global audiences and they’ve also helped win some incredibly useful funds for us.”

Paterson added that the event had left her feeling ‘really inspired, hopeful and excited about the work that people are putting into a better future’.

Season 3 // New Zealand Sail Grand Prix // Jo Aleh at Champions For Change

Champions For Change is SailGP’s thought leadership program, which gathers together sustainability leaders to share insight and learning on their approach to tackling the climate crisis.