Queensland Youth Championships finishes the regatta’s most successful year

by Kate Lathouras

The 2016 Queensland Youth Championships concluded yesterday, 25th September, from the Keppel Bay Sailing Club. This year’s event was the highest represented Queensland Youth Championship ever recorded, with 130 competitors across 9 classes.

The shifty and unseasonable weather seen during the development camp, held prior to the Championship from the 20 -22 September, also continued throughout the regatta. Race Management had a hard task to get all nine races complete but with such an experienced and professional team were successful.

The tricky conditions saw the most diverse sailors take the podium in each of the classes this year. Travis Wadley, 2016 Under 13 Open Bic World Champion, and sister, Kristen, (also a past Open Bic World Champion) both took podium positions in the Open Bic and Laser 4.7, respectively.

Travis, who placed first in the Open Bic class said, “I had so much fun at this regatta, I got to compete against my friends and hang out with them after. The racing was quite difficult as it was really shifty but the coaching tips from (Rio 2016 Olympian) Ashley Stoddart helped me a lot!”

Kristen, who placed second in the Laser 4.7 class, also had the coaches to thank, saying, “The light and shifty wind kept you on your toes; there was a really good fleet of Laser 4.7 sailors racing who continually forced me to keep pushing myself to do better. I particularly enjoyed the coaching tips from (Rio 2016 Olympian) Jake Lilley. He gave us feedback that got straight to the point which helped me to improve instantly.”

Ben Callard, Australian Sailing’s Regional Manager for Queensland, is proud to see such contribution from everyone saying, “This event would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers, parents, coaches, sponsors and athletes. Thank you for each making this the most successful Queensland Youth Championships yet.

“I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Livingstone Shire Council for their continued support of this event as a partnering sponsor, and we hope they continue to see the benefits and opportunities this event provides to so many locals but also to young people from across the state”, Ben added.

Below are the winner of the various classes competing:

Open Bic

Travis Wadley






Elkan Oh





Sabot 1Up

Hailey Lea





Sabot 2Up

Maxwell Yoshida

Edwin Yoshida





Breiana Whitehead

Jamie Torpelund




Laser 4.7

George Morton





Laser Radial

Mara Stransky





Mixed Classes

Alex Watson

Liam Watson




Green Fleet

Alexander Toolen



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