THE Sandy Bay Sailing Club (SBSC) recently purchased two new safety boats and one coaching and safety boat thanks to a state government Sport and Recreation Grant of $43,000 from the 2016 Major Grants Program.
The new boats were put to good use during the June long weekend, when the first of many Australian International Cadet Team training sessions was hosted at the SBSC.
Six of the team’s nine crewmembers who will be representing Australia at the 50th International Cadet World Championships in Argentina, from 6 December 2016 to 4 January 2017, hail from the SBSC.
The remaining interstate team members travelled to Tasmania to participate in the session.
SBSC commodore Angus Sprott said the club was extremely grateful for the funding.
“Sailing has been increasing in popularity as a sport, particularly amongst young people, which is wonderful,” he said.
“However, an increase in participation has seen greater wear and tear on our boats and equipment.
“Without grants such as this, we would simply not be able to cater to the needs of our participants.”
Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer was invited to visit the club over the training weekend to inspect the new boats.
“I am so pleased that this grant was able to assist the club in training and continuing to train our talented young sailors,” Ms Archer said.
“I wish all the sailors travelling to Argentina my best wishes for ideal conditions and a great competition.”
During the June training weekend the SBSC also hosted the International Optimist Australian representatives who had recently returned from the Asian Optimist Championships, held in Sri Lanka in May 2016.
If your sporting club is in need of some new equipment you may be eligible for a state grant.
For more information go to www.dpac.tas.gov.au
Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer, left, with young sailors at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club and one of the new safety boats funded by the state government