Fol­low­ing in fa­ther’s wake

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

SAM Gil­mour, of Mos­man Park, is a fi­nal­ist in the team’s cat­e­gory of the WA Sports Fed­er­a­tion awards, which will be held on De­cem­ber 7 at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The 22-year-old was also short­listed for Sports Star of the Year – the same award his fa­ther Peter Gil­mour won in 1987.

Sam fol­lowed in his fa­ther’s sail­ing foot­steps at the age of 10 and has been a mem­ber of the Royal Fresh­wa­ter Bay Yacht Club since 2004.

Along with Nep­tune Rac­ing mem­bers Chris Smith, Adam Ne­gri, Justin Wong, Niall Morrow and Cameron Sea­green, Sam won the World Cham­pi­onships in Poland last Septem­ber, earn­ing the team a wild­card in to the World Match Rac­ing Tour event in Swe­den.

Nep­tune Rac­ing is cur­rently 11th on the tour and ranked num­ber five with the In­ter­na­tional Sail­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

The team will com­pete at the War­ren Jones In­ter­na­tional Youth Re­gatta – a qual­i­fier for the World Match Rac­ing Tour – in Fe­bru­ary.

Sam said he sailed four or five days a week and when he was not on the wa­ter, he was work­ing on the boat with his team­mates or coach­ing at the RFBYC.

The UWA commerce graduate said he was ex­cited to be nom­i­nated for the two awards but there was no pres­sure to fol­low in his fa­ther’s win­ning foot­steps.

PETER Gil­mour and his wife Christine moved 21 times fol­low­ing the Amer­ica’s Cup tour af­ter leav­ing Perth in 1987.

The Mos­man Park couple had three sons dur­ing their trav­els that had them call places such as Sydney, Yoko­hama, Seat­tle, Auck­land and Switzer­land home.

So it is no won­der David, Sam and Lach­lan have achieved their own suc­cess in the sport of sail­ing.

David (24) is in the Aus­tralian sail­ing team, Sam (22) won a wild­card to the World Match Rac­ing Tour this year and Lach­lan (18) has a sail­ing schol­ar­ship with the WA In­sti­tute of Sport.

Sam was short­listed for the WA Sports Fed­er­a­tion Sports Star of the Year, which Peter won in 1987.

Peter said rac­ing in the Amer­ica’s Cup in Fre­man­tle that year con­trib­uted to him win­ning the main prize.

“That par­tic­u­lar year we won seven of the eight events on the world tour when it was just a group of in­di­vid­ual events,” he said.

Peter said the sport of sail­ing had changed since the 1980s.

“The big dif­fer­ence from that era of the Amer­ica’s Cup was it was in Fre­man­tle and was front and back page of the pa­per but now other sports have taken over and be­come main­stream,” he said. “The skill of th­ese guys now is way, way bet­ter.

“They’re far more ac­com­plished sailors. When my sons need spar­ring part­ners, they usu­ally get the bet­ter of me.”

Since re­tir­ing from sail­ing three years ago, Peter has taken a more ac­tive role on his fam­ily’s Wagyu beef farm in Al­bany.

Peter said the farm had been in his fam­ily for 40 years and they started pro­duc­ing Wagyu 10 years ago.

He spends about 10 days a month on the farm and then mar­kets the prod­uct in­ter­state and over­seas.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d447018

Sam Gil­mour (22) and his dad Peter.

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