Matt Wearn (Fremantle Sailing Club) is announced as one of the first members of Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic Team

Matt Wearn

Fremantle Sailing Club is proud to announce club member Matthew Wearn has been selected to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as Australia’s sole representative in the men’s Laser Standard Class. With his selection, Matt will realise a life long dream of representing Australia at the Olympics and will no doubt have his eyes firmly fixed on the Gold medal. Announced earlier today by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). “I’m just ecstatic,” Wearn said. “After I got the call that I was selected, I just sat down in silence for a minute and let it soak in. The excitement really kicked in and I felt like jumping around the house. I’m so excited to represent Australia at an Olympics – to be rubbing shoulders with incredible athletes that Australia will have in Tokyo across so many sports is crazy to think about. It doesn’t feel 100% real yet, still feels like a bit of a dream.

Having narrowly missed selection to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the last four years has seen Matt competing & training against one of the best in the business with fellow team mate Tom Burton – 2016 Rio Gold Medallist & 2019 Laser World Champion. Clearly Australia’s selection for its sole representative in the Laser class could well have been the toughest of all countries. Matt’s consistency is no doubt a key to having gained Olympic selection having taken home two Silver & a Bronze medal at the last three World Championships along with a number of International & European Championship wins over the last 12+ months.

Fremantle Sailing Club Head Coach, Thor Schoenhoff commented “whilst we are exceptionally proud and congratulate Matt for this selection, this is a dream realised by many and thanks must go out Fremantle Sailing Club as well as to the multitude of people throughout Matt’s career who have supported him along this journey. Fremantle Sailing Club is fortunate to be in a position where dreams like these can be realised.”

“Members and Board of Fremantle Sailing club are extremely proud of Matt’s achievement.  A testament to all the hard work on many fronts including Matt’s coaches past and present. A further endorsement of the Clubs Elite Sailor’s program, which been extremely successful over a number of years”, complements Ron Greer, Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore.

Fremantle Sailing Club is also hopeful that fellow members Nia Jerwood & Monique de Vries are too able to realise their Olympic dreams in representing Australia in the Women’s 470 class in Tokyo. The pair still have work ahead of them to get the nod with AOC selection for this event to be made early next year at the latest.

Sailors Mathew Belcher, Will Ryan and Matt Wearn have been announced as the first Australian Olympic Team members selected for Tokyo 2020.

For more information: Fremantle Sailing Club – Sailing Manager – 9435-8821 | sailingmanager@fsc.com.au

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