Australia SailGP Team to visit regional communities showcasing the SailGP Championship trophy to inspire the next generation.
Lake Macquarie, NSW – November 8, 2019 – In celebration of his historic win in the inaugural season of SailGP, Australia SailGP Team wing trimmer and local sporting hero Kyle Langford surprised his hometown community of Lake Macquarie with the SailGP Championship trophy, as part of the team’s regional trophy tour.
Lake Macquarie is the second 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 on Wednesday. Langford 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, Langford 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.
Langford visited Coal Point Public 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. The school bears a special significance to the sailor, as it was the same primary school he attended growing up in Lake Macquarie.
“I’m very grateful for all the support I received from the tight knit community of Lake Macquarie, when I was competing in SailGP Season 1,” said Langford. “I wanted to repay that support by taking the trophy home to
celebrate with the community that has played a crucial role in shaping who I am and that supported my childhood dreams of sailing professionally.”
Langford hosted a talk with the students of Coal Point Public School, sharing the successes and challenges he experienced as an athlete , and his journey to become a part of the Australia SailGP Team.
“It was surreal to be sharing my story with the young people - in the hall where I also once sat as a student. I hope that by sharing my own story as a local kid, who once sailed in Lake Macquarie and is now representing Australia in SailGP, that I will inspire some of the students to head down to their local sailing club and give the sport a try,” said Langford.
“It’s so important that we encourage the next generation to get involved in sailing and continue the strong legacy of sailing in Australia, which is what we hope to achieve from our regional trophy tour.”
The Lake Macquarie regional trophy tour marks the 112 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 the Gold Coast, hometown of team member Ky Hurst, before visiting Yeppoon, South Australia and Western Australia.