Sailing is a sport that we both live and breathe. Having been involved in the sport of over 10 years, competing at junior levels indiviudally and a part of different teams, in March 2022 we began an olympic campaign together.
We compete in the 470 Mixed Dighny, which is making its debut as a mixed class in 2024. Annabelle was 5th at the U19 worlds at her second international event in the laser radial, and helms the boat while Andre achieved 8th in the 420 worlds before missing his final two U19 events due to the pandemic and crews the boat. As a relatively new pairing, we have only competed domestically so far, collecting the national title after 3 months of working together.
We are very dedicated to our goal of bringing home a gold medal for New Zealand at the olympics and are very excited about the journey ahead. Undertaking our first overseas trip to race againt the international fleet in July to compete at the Junior Europeans and The Hague Test Event we are extremly grateful for the support of the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation. Their support has enabled us to purchase a new set of sails so that we are able to compete on equal equipment to our competitors to maximise the learnings of our first international event together.