Jessica Watson inspires local students

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10 Aug 2012

Jessica Watson inspires local students

Familiar territory for Jessica Watson today, sailing onboard an S&S 34 Constellation  Teri Dodds ©
Jessica Watson, the official sailing ambassador for Queensland, arrived in the Whitsundays on Wednesday to compete in Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week. The race week is part of Tourism Queensland's Season of Sailing campaign which promotes the key sailing events along Queensland's coast.

She has already inspired over 900 local students with tales of her solo voyage around the world and given one huge fan the opportunity for a private sailing lesson.


Jessica gave an inspirational talk to Year 8 – Year 12 students at Proserpine State High School and spoke about goals and challenges including the disastrous start to her solo voyage when she hit a ship on the first night of a sea trial. Jessica said, 'that terrible experience on the first day was actually good for me and made me much stronger'. Jessica was invited to the school to talk to the students about what can be achieved if you set clear goals and put in the hard yards.

Proserpine State High School Guidance Counsellor Sharon Rudinski said 'when I heard Jessica was coming for Airlie Beach Race Week I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity if she could address the students at the start of our Career Expo week.'

Last night at the opening of Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week Jessica also drew the lucky winner from the 'Win a Private Sailing lesson with Jessica' competition. The winning entry was 10 year old Hamish Swain, a member of the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the current under 10 Australian Optimist Sailing Champion and the current 10 year old Queensland State Optimist Champion.

Hamish was enthralled watching Jessica Watson on TV after her return from her solo voyage and is not only inspired by Jessica to sail solo around the world but wants to be the best sailor in the world. He has been following the Australian Olympic sailing team avidly and was desperate to win the competition with Jessica.

When his mother Ali Swain called to tell him he had won he screamed, 'are you for real!' Yes she is and Hamish will get his very own private lesson with Jessica at 4pm on Monday 13 August at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Jess will also be available from 3pm to have a chat with the local community and talk about her sailing experiences.

For more information go to whitsundaysailingclub.com.au, airliebeachraceweek.com.au or queensland.com/sailing.


Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media

 



The Whitsunday Sailing Club hosts the regatta and this year they have gained sponsorship from over 30 businesses to ensure the 23rd annual Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week showcases the best of Airlie Beach and sailing in the Whitsundays.

Major sponsors include Telcoinabox, Events Queensland, XXXX, Mount Gay Rum, Nautilus Marine, Whitsunday Regional Council, Port of Airlie, Abel Point Marina and Airlie Beach Hotel.

Other sponsors include Airlie Court Holiday Apartments, Colin Pruden Homes, Colour Me Crazy, Doyle Sailmakers, Figurehead Hair Salon, Fun Rentals, Hawkes Boatyard, Mama Africa, Mango House Resort, Marlin Marine, Musto, Neverfail Springwater, Portside Whitsunday, Quadrant Marine, Ride Whitsundays, Ronstan, Shingley Beach Resort, Shipwrecked Bar & Grill, Telltale Communications, Tropix Photography, Ullman Sails, Village Cafe Restaurant & Bar, Whitsunday Escape, Whitsunday Industrial Services, Whitsunday Ocean Services, Whitsunday On the Beach, Whitsunday Parking, Whitsunday Times, Whitsundays 2 Everywhere and Yalumba.


Media covering this event would be advised to register at www.airliebeachraceweek.com on the media centre link.

As well as being sent all the news and results, accredited media will have access to copyright free high res images for editorial use only.( Not for online image galleries)

For further media information concerning the 2012 Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week please contact: Event Media Manager  Jane Kothe Phone +61249772116 Mob: + (0) 409750682  Email  jane.kothe@tetra-media.com

For media intending to be at the event, the Race Office will be at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. HOWEVER the media office will NOT be there.

The Media Conact Office, which is on the ground floor of the Abel Point Marina building has unfortunately no journalists working spaces. You will need to bring your Broadband USB internet stick.

If you wish to cover the event from the onwater Media Boat, you will need to contact us by phone ASAP. 

Event Media Manager Jane Kothe Mob: + (0)409750682 Email jane.kothe@tetra-media.com

The Media Boat is a Kevlar Camera Cat excellent for TV and still work and allows us to get up close and personal with the racing fleet.

We understand time constraints and can get you on and off the water fast. You will need a wind jacket and sunscreen.


Regatta Director Denis Thompson : Tel 0417 686 640

Email: info@airliebeachraceweek.com.au

 

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