The country’s most successful ironman returns to the Australia SailGP Team for Season 2 as Ky Hurst is back to help the crew defend its title. Over the course of the inaugural campaign, he served as grinder and his diverse skill set and legendary endurance will serve the Australians well as they look to fend off six other national teams in 2020.
Having competed in an individual sport for such a large portion of his career, he is relishing the opportunity and comradery a team environment offers, getting to go to work each day with some of the best athletes in the world.
Hurst began sailing when he was just four-years-old. At the age of 15, Hurst was one of the youngest contenders in the Uncle Toby’s Super Series, winning three consecutive titles that propelled his career into the spotlight across the country.
Hurst has one of the most diverse and unique backgrounds of any of SailGP’s world-class athletes, finishing in 11th place at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 10km marathon swimming event and winning four Australian Ironman championships.
His aquatic success and fitness were noticed by ORACLE TEAM USA and he was recruited to join the crew for the 35th America’s Cup as a grinder.
Hurst is a member of the Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame, having won championships in ironman, surf, board rescue, surf team and taplin replay.
Outside of Sailing
Hurst lives with his wife, Katie, and two children on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. In his spare time, he can be found surfing, diving and doing yoga.