Annabelle Davies returns to the Opti class in 2017 as AOST Assistant Coach working alongside Team Head Coach Grant Alderson in coaching the 10 AUS sailors heading to Hong Kong for the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship. Annabelle comes with extensive Opti experience having competed for many years in Australia and at overseas regattas - her Opti highlight being winning the Optimist Nationals in 2013. Annabelle has moved into 29ers, her latest achievements being winning the 29er Female World Title in both 2016 and 2017. Great to have Annabelle back with the Opti class passi
Grant Alderson is the Head Coach leading the 10 Australian Optimist Sailing Team members to Hong Kong to compete in the 2017 IODA Asian & Oceanian Championships starting 30September. Grant is an accomplished sailor, with over 40yrs sailing experience locally, nationally & internationally to winning a World Championships in Flying Fifteens. Grant has extensive sailing knowledge and is an experienced high performance coach of kids, youth and adults. In addition to this, Grant recently coached the Ausralian Paralympic Sonar Team to a Gold medal at the Rio Paralympics. Grant has co
Meet Sam Mackay, the OptiAUS appointed AOST NZ Team Coach heading to the 2017 Toyota Optimist Nationals .....
Sam comes to us from New Zealand with a wealth of sailing experience, including top 3 placings at the NZ Nationals in each of the Optimist, P Class, 420 and Starling classes. He was a member of the Nations Cup winning NZ team at the 2007 Optimist Worlds and placed in the top 20 in the 2008 Optimist Worlds. Sam is also an accomplished Match Racer, winning the NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals in 2014.
Introducing Shelley White, originally from Yeppoon a small town in Nth Qld, this Opti Coach was the 2008 Opti National Champion and Australia's 1st Female Champion and has been sailing now for 16 yrs. Being a part of junior sailing in Australia has offered Shelley some rewards, helping young sailors develop skills and as people, coaching both the Queensland Optimist Team and recently working alongside Rob Brewer with 10 members of the Aust Optimist Sailing Team at 2016 IODA Cinnamon Asian & Oceanian Championships in Sri Lanka.
Hi I am Alex Zimmermann, I have been based in Australia for almost five years now, I am very proud to be an Australian Distinguished Talent Sports Permanent Resident Visa holder.
Alison Dale from Victoria has an extensive background in high performance sailing and she is passionate about the development of our next generation of sailors. Alison will be travelling to New Caledonia this year with the Australian Optimist Development Squad (AODS). Alison is 22 years old and has recently graduated as a Physiotherapist and is currently working at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
Tom has an extensive background in both high performance sailing and club development and is heading away to the North American Championships in 2016. He is also spending time working with the Sri Lankan Optimist team and will be at the Asian Championships. Tom has worked locally with the AOST for a number of years and also traveled away with the Asians team in 2012.