Two 49er FX Olympic sailors were among the intake of Inspire interns in Singapore, with both going behind the scenes with competing teams.
Kimberly Lim was matched with the Denmark SailGP Team while her sailing partner Cecilia Low was matched with Great Britain.
Both Lim and Low, who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, had the chance to work with the teams’ F50s and support the shore team operation. Jobs included washing and maintaining the winches, rigging and fairing, as well as assisting with the F50s' wings, foils and support boats throughout the event.
Reflecting about the experience, Lim said she enjoyed the opportunity to ‘see everything happening’.
“Being on the Tech Site and going behind the scenes to see the time and effort that goes into a SailGP event and the level of professionalism it involves was a great experience,” she said.
Low agreed, adding that she applied for the experience to ‘gain insight into what it’s like to compete in an event such as SailGP’, as well as exploring future opportunities to ‘work with the Tech Team or individual teams’.
Established in 2019, the Inspire Careers program offers students and young professionals aged 18-23 a work experience opportunity within SailGP across all departments ranging from sustainability and photography and technical team roles.
The pool of candidates has a 50% female and 50% racially diverse requirement to help build a more inclusive talent pool for SailGP and the wider marine and sports industries.