TICKET TO TOKYO
Four years ago he was No.2 in the world in his sport and yet missed Olympic selection. This week, redemption for Fremantle sailor Matt Wearn, who has earned his ...
MATTHEW Wearn is ready to live out his Olympic dream.
Last week, the Fremantle Sailing Club member became one of the first three Australian athletes named for Tokyo 2020, where he will be Australia’s sole representative in the men’s Laser Standard Class.
It’s a far cry from 2016 ago when, at 20 years old and as the world No.2, Wearn missed selection for Rio de Janeiro.
The choice that year – Tom Burton – went on to claim Olympic gold, just as his predecessor Tom Slingsby did in 2012.
“Australian sailing teams have had such strong results at the Olympic level, it’s a massive honour to have a chance to continue that legacy,” Wearn said.
“After I got the call that I was selected, I just sat down in silence for a minute and let it soak in.
“The excitement really kicked in and I felt like jumping around the house. I’m so excited to represent Australia at an Olympics; to be rubbing shoulders with incredible athletes that Australia will have in Tokyo across so many sports is crazy to think about. It doesn’t feel 100 per cent real yet; still feels like a bit of a dream.”
Wearn won the 2018 and 2019 Laser European Championship titles and was named WAIS Athlete of the Year and Australian Male Sailor of the Year in 2018.
His most recent success came last month with silver at the Hempel World Cup Series in Enoshima, Japan, which will host the Olympic sailing competition next year.
“I’m really comfortable in the conditions,” he said.
“Enoshima gets big swells, really similar to when we train off Sydney heads after a few days of southerlies. Sometimes the wind comes off the land in Enoshima, which makes conditions shifty and quite hot, which we can recreate whenever there’s a hot westerly in Sydney.
“It gives the team great confidence to be able to train and recreate those conditions at home.”
Fremantle Sailing Club head coach Thor Schoenhoff said they were proud of Wearn’s selection, which he described as a dream realised by many people at the club who had supported him.
Matthew Wearn has been selected to represent Australia at Tokyo 2020.