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Molly Meech

49erFX (crew)
Hometown: 
Auckland and Tauranga
Date of birth: 
Wednesday, March 31, 1993

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.

Molly comes from a sailing family and spent much of her childhood on the family cruising yacht going on to take up competitive sailing at the Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club like her older brother Sam, who won bronze in the Laser in Rio.

Sailing in the single-handed Laser Radial during her youth, Molly represented New Zealand at the World Sailing Youth Championships twice. When the 49erFX skiff was announced as an Olympic event in 2013, Alex and Molly quickly launched their Olympic campaign and went on to win the inaugural 49erFX world championship crown that year.

The pair are now coached by Nathan Handley, who helped Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie to Olympic gold (London 2012) and silver (Rio 2016) and was eighth with Dan Slater in the 49er at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Career highlights:

  • 2017 Sail Sydney - 1st

  • 2017 Enoshima Olympic Week - 1st

  • 2017 49erFX world championships - 3rd

  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games - 2nd

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland - 2nd

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 9th

  • 2016 49er & 49erFX European Championship, Barcelona - 5th

  • 2016 49er & 49erFX World Championship, Clearwater - 8th

  • 2016 World Sailing Cup Miami - 1st

  • 2015 Olympic Test Event - 4th

  • 2015 World Sailing Cup Weymouth - 2nd

  • 2014 Olympic Test Event, Rio - 2nd

  • 2014 49erFX European Championship - 3rd

  • 2013 49erFX world championships - 1st

  • 2013 49erFX European Championship - 3rd

  • 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 49erFX - 1st

  • 2011 ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships, Laser Radial - 12th

  • See full results history here