HE ran the last America’s Cup but now Iain Murray is returning to home waters to help navigate the Australian sailing team towards the Tokyo Olympics.
HE ran the last America’s Cup in Bermuda but now Iain Murray is returning to home waters to help navigate the Australian sailing team towards the Tokyo Olympics.
The former skiff sailor, America’s Cup skipper, boat designer, tactician, regatta director and Beijing Olympian has been appointed Performance Director of Australian Sailing, a move confirmed on Monday.
Australian sailing has been riding a wave of success since the Beijing Olympics where Malcolm Page and Nathan Wilmot and Tessa Parkinson and Elise Rechichi won gold and Glenn Ashby and Darren Bundock a silver.
Four years later sailing saved the Australian Olympic team, collecting three gold medals in the Laser, 49er skiff and 470 men’s disciplines, along with a silver in the women’s match racing.
In Rio the gold count was down but numbers still high as Tom Burton won Laser gold and the Nacra 17, 470 and 49er crews claimed a silver each.
“There are strong foundations to build on as we head towards Tokyo 2020 and I look forward to working with the athletes, coaches and management as we collectively grow our programs for the future,’’ Murray said.
Under the direction of Australian Sailing president Matt Allen, a member of the America’s Cup arbitration tribunal at the last event in Bermuda and Australian Olympic Committee board member, the elite side of the sport is reshaping with the popular and respected Murray’s appointment set to be well received by sailors and team backers.
His new role is expected to be confirmed on Monday with Murray the most high profile sailor to tackle the position of Performance Director of Australian Sailing.
“We are pleased to welcome Iain back to Australian Sailing, he has been involved with us over many years, both on and off the water, and it is great to have him leading our performance program,” said Allen, also a well-known Sydney to Hobart sailors and former Australian Ocean Racer of the Year.
“Iain is one of the few people in the world who has been involved in every dimension the sport has to offer.
“He is recognised for his design and achievements in 18-foot skiffs, is an Olympian and multiple world and Australian champion. His connection with the America’s Cup includes as skipper, he has twice held the role of regatta director and hosted the Competitors Forum….