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Ky Hurst takes SailGP Championship Trophy Tour to hometown the Gold Coast to celebrate historic win

20 NOVEMBER 2019News
  • Australia

Australia SailGP Team to visit regional communities showcasing the SailGP Championship trophy to inspire the next generation.

The Gold Coast, QLD – November 21, 2019 – In celebration of his historic win in the inaugural season of SailGP, Australia SailGP Team grinder and local sporting hero Ky Hurst surprised the Gold Coast community with the SailGP Championship trophy, as part of the team’s regional trophy tour.

The Gold Coast is the third leg of the team’s regional trophy tour, which was launched by Australia SailGP Team helm and Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby at his hometown in Gosford earlier this month. Hurst and members of the Australia team will take the SailGP Championship trophy on the road over the next five weeks, visiting six regional communities in total, to inspire the next generation of young sailors and promote the high-adrenaline league in Australia.

SailGP Season 1 featured five events around the globe – Sydney, San Francisco, New York, Cowes (UK) and Marseille (France) and six national teams went head to head on the world’s fastest sail racing boats. The Australians held the upper hand over the rival Japanese team and the rest of the fleet much of the season, which culminated with a single, 10-minute match race between the top two teams to determine the historic first-ever champion. Just over a month ago, Hurst and the Australia SailGP Team earned the
Season 1 title and a winner-takes-all prize of US$1 million with a victory over Japan in the Championship Final Race in Marseille.

“It was such a proud moment for me to represent my country and I’m so grateful for all of the support I received from Queenslanders, when I was competing in SailGP Season 1,” said Hurst.

Hurst visited Miami State School, surprising students with the 2.5 kilo sterling silver and 24-carat gold plated SailGP Championship trophy, created by leading trophy maker Thomas Lyte who also crafted the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup.

“I wanted to repay that support by taking the trophy to the Gold Coast, which has been my second home over the years, to celebrate with the community that has supported me throughout my career as an Ironman, Olympian and now sailor for the Australia SailGP Team.”

Hurst hosted a talk with the students, sharing the successes and challenges he experienced as an athlete, and his journey to become a part of the Australia SailGP Team.

“It was awesome meeting the kids today, who could one day be competing for their country. I hope that by sharing my journey from being a young aspiring athlete to now representing Australia in SailGP, I’ve taught them that with hard work, dedication and a belief in yourself you can achieve anything you want to.”

“We hope that this regional trophy tour will encourage the next generation to get involved with sailing, and if one child from today decides to give the sport a go, then that’s a huge win in my eyes.”

The Gold Coast regional trophy tour marks the 99-day countdown to the Season 2 opener for SailGP, which takes place on the iconic Sydney Harbour on February 28 and 29, 2020. Sydney SailGP tickets are on sale now via SailGP.com/Sydney. The Australia SailGP Team will continue its journey with the SailGP Championship trophy going to South Australia before visiting Western Australia.