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10 June 2004, 11:14 am
New Zealand Confirms Final Six
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Athens 2004

Six names have been added to the New Zealand Olympic yachting team for the 2004 Olympic Games, including America's Cup skipper Dean BARKER.
The six announced by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) and Yachting New Zealand today will join the original six named in early May. Whilst Yachting New Zealand had nominated the additional six, the final decision on who goes to the Olympic Games rests with the NZOC.

America's Cup skipper Dean BARKER will make his Olympic debut in Athens after being confirmed in the Finn Class. Barker confirmed his spot in the team after finishing fourth at the European Finn championships in a world class fleet and 11th at the Princess Sofia regatta. Barker missed selection for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the Finn Class.

The 1996 Atlanta Olympian Sharon FERRIS (Europe Class) will be joined by Joanna WHITE and Kylie JAMESON in the new Olympic class, Yngling. The crew won a bronze medal at the 2003 Yngling Open world championships and a gold medal at the highly rated Miami Olympic class regatta this year.

Shelley HESSON and Linda DICKSON have been confirmed in the Women's 470. The national champions finished second at the Olympic qualifying regatta earlier this year, but confirmed their spot with a list of consistent results at recent European regattas.

"The support we have in place for the team to Athens is excellent and we are confident this is another strong team," Yachting New Zealand chief executive Simon WICKHAM said in a statement today.

"From here it really is up to the sailors to perform on the day and we wish them every success."

Event Name Class
Single-Handed Dinghy Men Dean BARKER Finn
Double-Handed Dinghy Men Andrew Brown and Jamie Hunt 470
Single-Handed Dinghy Men Hamish Pepper Laser
Windsurfer Men Thomas Ashley Mistral
Single-Handed Dinghy Women Sarah Macky Europe
Double-Handed Dinghy Women Shelley Hesson and Linda Dickson 470
Keelboat Women Sharon Ferris, Joanna White and Kylie Jameson Yngling
Windsurfer Women Barbara Kendall Mistral
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