MAT BELCHER/WILL RYAN AWARDED QUEENSLAND'S MALE SAILOR OF THE YEAR22 Sep 2015
Olympic 470 class gold medallist Matt Belcher and crew Will Ryan headlined the list of winners at this year’s 20th annual Queensland Yachting Awards, which recognises the exceptional achievements of Queensland sailors during the 2014/15 year.
Belcher and Ryan won the Male Sailor of the Year. They are partners in the 470 class, working towards Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The pair have achieved success in all the events that they have contested including winning the ISAF Santander World Championship.
Laid low by the flu and with only a few days left before they fly to Israel for the 2015 470 class World Championship, Belcher spoke by phone on his team’s award. “It’s pretty special to win this award. I learnt to sail here and to be recognised by your home State is a pretty good feeling.”