Tom Slingsby ultimately ended up selecting sailing as his sport of choice amongst others including tennis. Crediting his father for getting him into sailing aged 7, it proved the right choice. Slingsby has become an Olympic champion, America’s Cup winner and eight-time world champion.
Slingsby was crowned 2010 World Sailor of the Year, earned the Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year honors and has received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012. Shortly after the 2012 Olympics, he joined ORACLE TEAM USA as a strategist, helping mount one of the greatest comebacks in sport when the American team won the America’s Cup in 2013. Slingsby then went on to win the 2016 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and returned to the American team as tactician and team manager for the 35th America’s Cup.
When not sailing Slingsby will be found training in the discipline of Brazilian Jiujitsu, where he has recently earned his blue belt.
Recently he has been able to relocate back to Australia, allowing him to enjoy great sailing conditions and be closer to family and friends. It also means he gets to spend plenty of time with his English Bulldog, Nala, who regularly stars on his social media channels.
“We’ve assembled not only what I believe is the best Australian sailing talent; but a team that is cohesive, know their roles and are 100% focused on being an unbeatable team that makes our country, our sponsors and our fans proud to be on the journey with us.”