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Sydney Cunliffe

Date of Birth:
NZL Sailing Foundation Youth team
Competition Class(es):
420 helm
Sydney Cunliffe

Top three sailing accomplishments:

  • Qualifying for the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team
  • 2017/2018 NZ starling traveller series - 1st girl
  • Qualifying for the Optimist Asian travelling team in 2017

Q & A with Sydney Cunliffe

How did you get into sailing?
I went down to the Lake Taupo Yacht club to watch my brother sail, and I got placed in an optimist by the coach, I instantly felt comfortable sailing along. I then did one year in Green fleet Optimist, three years of open opti and P Class, followed by one season of Starling, then on to the 420.

What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
Ice cream

Where is your favourite place to sail?
Auckland harbour

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?

Who are your role models?
Gemma Jones, Alex Meloney and Jo Aleh.

What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
There is always something new to learn about the Boat

What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
I'm aiming to win a medal at the 2019 Youth Worlds in Poland, and once again make the Youth Team in 2020.

How will you prepare for the Youth Sailing World Championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
Our focus will be on coaching and training on the weekends leading up to the Youth Worlds in July.

What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
I am aiming to progress though the youth development program, and the Fast Track program onto the Olympic Games.

What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
Winning the 420 Nationals this year, which resulted in getting nominated for the NZL Youth Team. It was a moment where I felt a great sense of accomplishment as we had only been sailing the 420 for 10 months and had worked hard to achieve our goal of becoming the top female crew.

Teammate: Rebecca Hume

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