Yachting New Zealand's nomination panel of Grant BECK, Glen SOWRY and Terry NICHOLAS have made their decision on which sailors will be nominated to the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
The panel have concluded that the following sailors have met the Nomination Criteria and will be forwarded by Yachting New Zealand to the NZ Olympic Committee, who have the final say in selecting the team for Athens 2004.
Finn - Dean BARKER
Yngling - Sharon FERRIS, Joanna WHITE & Kylie JAMESON
470 Women - Shelley HESSON & Linda DICKSON
The Nomination Panel are confident the selection process and policy has delivered a strong team for Athens.
"We have been fortunate to have a great team of selectors that have spent considerable time working through the detail of each decision. I've had many past Olympians comment on the strength of the nominees. We are confident that when the Games begin Yachting New Zealand will have done all we can to give our sailors the best chance to perform wel
says Yachting New Zealand's Chief Executive, Simon WICKHAM.
It is the first time the women's three person keelboat, the Yngling has been included as an Olympic class. Sharon FERRIS is not new to Olympic sailing, having competed at Atlanta in the Europe class, Ferris and her crew placed tenth at this years World Championships.
Dean BARKER, after narrowly missing qualification for the 1996 Games, performed well in the Finn Gold Cup (World Championship) finishing twelfth and more recently in the Finn European Championships where he placed fourth in a world class fleet. "I think Dean is enjoying the challenge of sailing single handed again and certainly has shown he has the ability to foot it with the best in the World"
comments Yachting New Zealand Chief Executive, Simon WICKHAM.
Hesson and Dickson have performed well in Europe this year convincing the Yachting New Zealand nomination panel that they are capable of a top ten result in Athens. They placed tenth overall in Hyeres Olympic week in France in April, and 15 in the final ISAF qualification regatta, the 2004 470 World Championship, held in Croatia in May.
Six New Zealand sailors in five classes have already been nominated to the NZOC and have since had their position in the Olympic team confirmed. These include:
Barbara KENDALL - Mistral Women
Thomas ASHLEY - Mistral Men
Sarah MACKY - Europe
Andrew BROWN & Jamie HUNT - 470 Men
Hamish PEPPER - Laser