Cousins Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse will make their Olympic debut in the Nacra 17 mixed multi-hull, with the event new on the program for Rio 2016.
Both 24 and from Sydney’s northern beaches, the pair have been sailing together for eight years.
“To make the Australian Olympic Team is a surreal feeling, it has definitely not sunk in yet,” Darmanin said.
“What’s even more special is doing it with my cousin Jason, we are only 6 weeks apart and grew up together, we are very different people but we are perfect on the boat together and the best of friends, so to make the Team with him is incredible and it’s great that it is also a big family celebration.
“The goal for Rio 2016 is a Gold Medal for Australia. This has been the goal since day one and we don’t intend to slow down now that we are getting a tracksuit.
“The preparation is going really well, we’ve had a great productive three months training in Australia since the Test Event and will head to Rio tomorrow to learn more about the venue and the environment so we are best prepared in eight months’ time.”
The pair claimed their first overseas medal together in 2009 winning the ISAF Youth Worlds in Buzios, Brazil.
It’s been a successful 2015 for Darmanin and Waterhouse, winning the Rio Test Event and finishing second at the World Championships. Darmanin was also named Australian female sailor of the year last month.
“Our focus is strong and going back to Brazil reminds us how it all began and how far we’ve come. We’ve won two out of two in Brazil (The Youth Worlds and Test Event) so looking forward to the continuing that strike rate next year,” Darmanin said.
Waterhouse said selection brings them closer to the aim of a podium finish next year.
“It’s a goal we’ve been working towards for a long time and it’s a relief, it’s a stepping stone to gold at Rio,” Waterhouse said.
“It’s special to get to go to the Olympics with family. Our families support has been amazing.”
Source: Australian Sailing Team Media. For full article visit; http://www.australiansailing.org/first-sailors-selected-for-rio-2016/