Sunday, December 18, 2011

Slingsby Wins Fourth World Championship, Next Up: Olympic Gold

Tom Slingsby has carved his name into the history books today winning his fourth Laser World Championship at the ISAF Worlds in Perth this afternoon.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
"It is the most amazing feeling to have all the crowd cheering me on and calling my name out, you never usually get that in sailing," Slingsby said to the waiting television commentator as he emerged from the water.

For Slingsby's coach Michael Backburn, an Olympic Bronze medalist said it is very satisfying to see him do so well.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
"Our other Laser team member Ashley Brunning has also had a good event and has climbed up the ladder over the last few years from 36 to 18, to finish in seventh today," Blackburn said.

"Getting these results is so rewarding and it really helps our program as the AOC are always number crunching and looking to us to bring home Gold in London. I'm still getting used to being coach and we are pretty good team."
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Blackburn said that one of the things that may have given Slingsby the edge is that he's started stretching  and after racing he goes back to put in some work with Australian Sailing Team trainer Andrew Verdon who stretches him out.

"This should give him more longevity as a competitor and alloow him to compete at this level for a lot longer."

Lulu Roseman

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