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NZL Sailing Team

NZL Sailing Team

New Zealand sailors have a proud tradition of success at the Olympics, highlighted by the record-equalling four medals won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The high performance programme continually evolves and the focus now is on winning medals at the 2020 Tokyo and 2024 Paris Olympics. The NZL Sailing Team is made up of the best Olympic class sailors in the country and they must reach certain criteria each year to remain in the top team. Below that is the Olympic Development Squad, Aon Fast Track and youth programmes and you can find more information about the pathway to the Olympics here.

 

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    Alex Maloney

    Alex combined with Molly Meech to win silver in the 49erFX at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the pair’s first Olympics, and have set their sights on going one better in Tokyo in 2020.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    49erFX (helm)
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    Blair Tuke

    Blair Tuke is one half of New Zealand’s highly successful 49er combination and has achieved a considerable amount in his sailing career.

    Hometown:
    Kerikeri
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2012 Olympics,
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    49er (crew)
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    Daniel Willcox

    Dan Willcox and Paul Snow-Hansen are experienced campaigners in the men’s 470, having combined in 2013 to embark on the Road to Rio, and now want to excel in Enoshima, the venue for the 2020 Tokyo OLympics.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Men's 470 (crew)
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    Gemma Jones

    Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders have some unfinished business after narrowly missing out on a medal in the Nacra at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It was the first time the class had appeared at the Games but it’s already undergone a change, with the class joining the foiling revolution for Tokyo 2020.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Nacra 17 (helm)
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    Jason Saunders

    Jason and Gemma Jones and have some unfinished business after narrowly missing out on a medal in the Nacra at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It was the first time the class had appeared at the Games but it’s already undergone a change, with the class joining the foiling revolution for Tokyo 2020.

    Hometown:
    Tauranga
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2012 Olympics,
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Nacra 17 (crew)
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    Josh Junior

    Josh is back for another crack at an Olympic medal in the Finn after finishing seventh at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He will do it this time as an America’s Cup winner after helping Emirates Team New Zealand claim the Auld Mug in Bermuda in 2017.

    Hometown:
    Wellington
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Finn
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    Liv MacKay

    Liv and Micah Wilkinson are the newest members of the NZL Sailing Team, but feel they have emerged at just the right time as the Nacra 17 moved into foiling.

    Hometown:
    Napier
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Nacra 17 (helm)
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    Micah Wilkinson

    Sailing was not always at the top of his list as he tried all sorts of sports in his school days at Cambridge High School from go karting to rugby and adventure racing to water polo.

    Hometown:
    Cambridge
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Nacra 17 (crew)
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    Molly Meech

    Molly combined with Alex Maloney to win silver in the 49erFX at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the pair’s first Olympics, and have set their sights on going one better in Tokyo in 2020.

    Hometown:
    Auckland and Tauranga
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    49erFX (crew)
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    Paul Snow-Hansen

    Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox are experienced campaigners in the men’s 470, having combined in 2013 to embark on the Road to Rio, and now want to excel in Enoshima, the venue for the 2020 Tokyo OLympics.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2012 Olympics,
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Men's 470 (helm)
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    Peter Burling

    Peter Burling is one of the most remarkable sailors of the modern era and in 2017 added America’s Cup-winning helmsman to his already impressive CV.

    Hometown:
    Tauranga
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2012 Olympics,
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    49er (helm)
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    Sam Meech

    Sam has established himself as one of the world’s best Laser sailors and delivered with a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Hometown:
    Auckland and Tauranga
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    2016 Olympics,
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Laser
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    Tom Saunders

    Tom has been a regular on the world Laser circuit since 2012 but had a breakthrough season in 2017, beating a quality field at Enoshima Olympic Week - the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics - and consistently finishing near the front of the fleet at other major regattas.

    Hometown:
    Tauranga
    Date of Birth:
    Teams:
    NZL Sailing Team
    Competition Class(es):
    Laser

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