Sailor pre­pares for Pa­cific Games

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Look Local -

d438524 MARK Spear­man (20), a civil en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent, is in Australia’s three-per­son team for the 2015 Pa­cific Games in Pa­pua New Guinea in July.

“I’m not sure what winds will be there, so I’m train­ing in var­i­ous con­di­tions here,” he said.

Last week, he trained late af­ter­noons on his one-man Laser dinghy at Fre­man­tle.

Spear­man was in­tro­duced to sail­ing aged eight by his fa­ther, pro­gress­ing through ju­nior classes un­til spe­cial­is­ing in the Laser.

“I’m do­ing fit­ness train­ing and a lot of sail­ing to make sure I’m re­ally pre­pared,” he said.

Spear­man raced at the 2010 Sin­ga­pore Youth Olympic Games in the Laser Ra­dial class and said it was good ex­pe­ri­ence for Port Moresby where he will meet Pa­cific Is­lan­ders among 3000 en­trants from 21 coun­tries in 28 sports.

The Pa­cific Games help mark PNG’s 40th an­niver­sary of in­de­pen­dence and are the first where Australia and New Zealand will com­pete, since the event ev­ery four years started in Fiji in 1963.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Sailor Mark Spear­man will com­pete in the Pa­cific Games.

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