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Tom Slingsby and Perth local Kinley Fowler take SailGP Championship Trophy Tour to Perth to celebrate historic win

6 DECEMBER 2019News
  • Australia

Australia SailGP Team visit Hollywood Primary School in Perth to inspire the next generation.

Perth, WA – December 6, 2019 – In celebration of their historic win in the inaugural SailGP season, Australia SailGP Team Helmsman and Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby and Perth local and teammate Kinley Fowler today visited Hollywood Primary School in Nedlands, to inspire Perth’s next generation with the SailGP Championship trophy.

Visiting Hollywood Primary School as part of the SailGP regional trophy tour, they surprised students with the 12.5-kilo sterling silver and 24-carat gold plated trophy, created by leading trophy maker Thomas Lyte, who also crafted the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup.

Hosting a Q&A with students, they shared the successes and challenges they experienced as athletes, and their journey to become a part of the Australia SailGP Team.

Nedlands is the final leg of the team’s six-week regional trophy tour, which was launched by Slingsby in his hometown of Gosford in October. Slingsby and members of the Australia team have taken the SailGP Championship trophy on the road over the past six weeks, visiting regional communities to inspire the next generation of young sailors and promote the high-adrenaline league in Australia.

“I loved meeting the kids today, who could one day be representing their country in their chosen sport,” said Slingsby.

"We hope by sharing our childhood stories of sailing at our local clubs, and to now be representing Australia in SailGP, that we’ll inspire some of the students to head down to their local club and give the sport a try.”

SailGP Season One featured five events around the globe - Sydney, San Francisco, New York, Cowes (UK) and Marseille (France) - with six national teams including Japan, Great Britain and the USA, going head to head on the world’s fastest sail racing boats.

In September, Slingsby and the Australia SailGP Team earned the season one title and winner-takes-all US$1 million championship prize, with a victory over Japan in the Championship Final Race in Marseille.

“I’m very grateful for all the support I received from the tight knit community of Perth, when I was competing in the first ever season of SailGP,” said Fowler.

“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.”

The Nedlands regional trophy tour marks the 84-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.