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23 May 2003, 12:33 pm
Australia Mourns the Passing of Paralympic Gold Medallist
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Paralympic sailing Gold medallist, America's Cup sailor, ocean racer and dinghy champion, Noel Robins lost his battle for life after a tragic car accident in Perth left him in a coma four weeks ago.
Today, Australia's sailing community mourns the passing of one of its most well respected and honoured sailors.

Noel's sailing achievements over his extensive career have made him a true icon and inspiration to the sailing community; both locally, nationally and internationally.

He continually displayed his excellence throughout his sailing career, challenging the world's best in such events as the America's Cup, Admirals Cup, Paralympic Games and many other regattas and races around the world.

In the lead up to the 2000 Paralympic games, one of Noel's sporting goals was to win a Sonar Olympic Gold medal and he did just that! In Sydney, Robins and his crew, Graeme Martin and Jamie Dunross triumphed, winning Australia's first ever gold medal in the Sonar class. For this achievement he and his crew were honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in 2001.

Just some of Noel's many great sporting achievements:

1977 - Skippered Alan Bond's Australia against Ted Turners Courageous for the 1977 America's Cup
1980 - part of the crew for the Australian America's Cup campaign aboard Australia I.
Skippered Peter Briggs' Hitchhiker - the top point scorer for Australia's Admiral's Cup Team trials
1981- Admiral's Cup
1981- Two Ton World Championship skippering Hitchhiker against the world's best, including the Aga Khan's Smerelda Prima.
2000 - Won the North American Disabled Sailing Championship in St Petersberg
2000- Olympic Gold in the Sonar class at the 2000 Paralympic Games
2001- Noel and his crew Jamie Dunross and Graeme Martin awarded OAM
2003- Received centenary medal for services to yachting from Royal Perth Yacht Club
13 State titles
5 National titles
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