2017 NT Sports Awards
Shelley Withers 26 March 2017
Huw Wiltshire finalist - NT Junior Sportsperson of the Year
At the Northern Territory Sports Awards held at the Marrara Sporting Complex yesterday evening two passionate Darwin sailors were nominated for awards. Gary Martin, President of Yachting NT and Life Member of the Darwin Sailing Club was nominated for the Centralian Advocate, NT Sports Volunteer of the Year and Huw Wiltshire NT Minnow Sailor and member of the NT Sailing Team, for the NT News, NT Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
Huw was one of the three finalists shortlisted from 20 nominees with the award going to basketball’s Abby Cubillo as NT Junior Sportsperson for 2017. The NT Sports Awards is an annual event that recognises the achievements of NT Sportspeople and is organised by the Department of Sport and Recreation, through the Department of Tourism and Culture.
Mighty Minnows in the YNT Youth Sailing Cup
Gary Martin 30 December 2016
The 2016 Youth Sailing Cup conducted by Yachting NT and sponsored by Nautical Supplies, was hotly contested in the Minnow Class. Twelve Minnows sailed in 2016 season with nine of these in scoring contention for the Cup. As only the top five boats in each of the eight races were counted, consistency as well as performance played a big part in determining the final outcome. Placing in the top five in most races Aden McGrath took out the first place in the Youth Sailing Cup followed by Rachel van den Herik in second and Tiffany Chamberlain taking third place.
Congratulations to each of the three sailors who received a trophy and a voucher from Nautical Supplies. Prizes were presented by Phil Burgess, YNT Vice President, and Mathew Punch, Nautical Supplies Manager. Thankyou to Nautical Supplies for their genreous sponsorship.
YNT Youth Sailing Cup Laser Class
Gary Martin 30 December 2016
I would like to thank Yachting NT for its ongoing support by providing the opportunity to help young Laser sailors like myself, improve their knowledge and skills with a combination of local and interstate coaching.
I believe their input and regular club racing has assisted me in developing the mindset of a competitive club sailor against other Laser participants. I am keen to discover the progress I have achieved at the up and coming Laser Nationals and the Australian Youth Championships which will be held in Adelaide.
I acknowledge the contribution of YNT funded NT Sailing Team Coach, Tom Winter, for his ongoing commitment to the team, and I would also like to thank the rest of my team mates for really pulling together and committing to weekly training. The time on the water has been invaluable to me. Lastly, thank you to the DSC and the volunteers for organising and running club races which were the basis for creating the NT Youth Sailing Cup.
Sponsorship is greatly appreciated in any form and I will put my Nautical Supplies Store voucher to good use for the championships in Adelaide.
Paris van den Herik - NT Sailing Team member and Laser Sailor.