Top Kiwi sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke say they are "humbled" to be made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit and hope to inspire young Kiwis to dream big, writes the New Zealand Herald.
NZL Sailing Team
Sam Meech pikced up New Zealand's third medal at the World Cup regatta in Enoshima.
It's often said success at the Olympic venue leads to success at the Games themselves and there were some encouraging results in Enoshima today with New Zealand sailors picking up two silver medals.
It's a mark of Sam Meech's class that he feels like he's sailing poorly but is still in contention for a medal heading into the final stages of a World Cup regatta.
There's a familiar look to the top of the 49erFX leaderboard after the second day of the World Cup regatta in Enoshima, with Alex Maloney and Molly Meech battling it out with the Brazilian combination.
New Zealand might not have won a medal at the sailing world championships in Aarhus but the bigger picture is at play and, importantly, six classes were qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn will have surfing and fishing on their minds over the next couple of weeks but the main item on their agenda is winning a medal for New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics.
Finishing fourth is never a nice feeling and it was particularly tough for Sam Meech after he started so well at the sailing world championships.
Josh Junior crossed the finish line and gave the thumbs-up but it didn't really mask his disappointment after missing out on a medal on countback at the sailing world championships in Aarhus.
Golfers often talk about moving day at big tournaments when some roar into contention and others falter and many were left with a similar impression at the sailing world championships in Aarhus today.