We are delighted to share with you Australian Sailing’s announcement from earlier today regarding three of our very own who have been selected to represent Australia (and SSCBC) at the Tokyo Olympics.
Will and Sam Phillips
Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan
We are so proud of their achievements to bring them to this incredible position.Their story starts with Tim Phillips taking out a group of Minnow sailors, supported by volunteer parents out on the bay, many of whom are still volunteering regularly (some even here this week supporting the RS:X Worlds).
From here the trio sailed competitively with their SSCBC mates, around the bay, interstate and nationally, progressing to State and then National squads.
The Phillips brothers sailed at the 49er Worlds hosted by SSCBC back in 2009 and have been on the international circuit ever since. They’ve sailed with other partners over the years, continually progressing and developing their skills, however like any elite athlete, they have had their setbacks along the way. Sam’s foot injury last year in a prime example of how the boys have battled through tough times and supported one another. This injury occurred on the super foiler, but Sam was ably supported by Will, who even drove him to hospital and was by his side throughout his recovery.
Tess has also had more than her fair share of setbacks. Her devastating sailing accident almost ten years ago where her 29er collided with a windsurfer at the 29er National Titles in Queensland, which many SSCBC Members will recall, left Tess with a serious head injury and the overwhelming task of leaning to walk and talk again, and then complete her VCE. How incredible that Tess has fought the battle back to where she is today.
These sailors have been through their tough times, individually and as teams, but they have been supported along the way by their beautiful families and the wider SSCBC community. We will continue to support them in Tokyo from the shores of Sorrento, and regardless of their results, they have made it in our eyes.