Setting sail for new challenge
CLAREMONT sailor Mark Spearman (20), a civil engineering student, is in Australia’s three-person team for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby in July.
“I’m not really sure about what winds there will be there, so I’m training in various conditions here,” Spearman said.
Last week, the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and Fremantle Sailing Club member trained in the late afternoons on his oneman Laser dinghy at Fremantle.
Spearman was introduced to sailing by his father when he was eight, progressing through junior classes until he specialised in the Laser, which although a simple design produces highly tactical races because each competitor’s craft is so evenly matched.
“I’m doing a lot of fitness training and a lot of sailing to make sure I’m really prepared,” he said.
Spearman previously raced at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games in the Laser Radial class and said that competition was good experience for Port Moresby, where he will meet Pacific Islanders among 3000 entrants from 21 countries competing in 28 sports.
The Pacific Games are part of celebrations marking PNG’s 40th anniversary of independence and are the first where Australia and New Zealand will compete, after the event, which is held every four years, started in Fiji in 1963.
More than 40 Australians will compete in sailing, rugby sevens, weightlifting and taekwondo.
Sailor Mark Spearman is training in all conditions leading into the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea next month.