Young sailor hits na­tion­als

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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