Young sailor hits nationals
ACCORDING to Aidan Gummow, it’s the feeling of freedom he enjoys most about sailing. The Bowen State High School student has recently competed at the Optimist Nationals regatta held in Sydney, where he went head to head with 250 other boats.
“I placed 19th in my division, which had 120 boats in it,” he said.
Now that Aidan has scored a spot in the national team, he waits to find out where he will be going next to represent Australia.
“We haven’t found out yet, but it could be Sri Lanka, America or Italy,” he said.
Aidan had a packed 2015, attending 11 regattas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and even competing at an international regatta held in Qatar.
Aidan is a member of the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the Port Denison Sailing Club in Bowen, and trains every week. His father, Scott Gummow is also a keen sailor and couldn’t be prouder of his son’s achievements.
“He’s been sailing since he was about nine, but I used to take him out when he was young and that’s where it all started,” he said.
“Klaus (Lorenz) at the Whitsunday Sailing Club also really helped Aidan, he took him under his wing and helped him become the sailor that he is today.”
Aidan said he was looking forward to travelling to plenty more regattas this year, although the long plane trips could be a bit of a drag.
“I don’t like the actual travelling part of it, but I love going to new places. You make so many friends,” he said.
FAST LANE: Aidan Gummow competing at the Qatar Optimist Cup in 2015.