Name: Kate Spithill
Pursuit: Women’s Match Racing
Aim for the Stars London 2012 Squad Katies mission is to skipper Australia’s Women’s Match Racing Team to Gold in 2012. Katie is currently ranked #3 in the ISAF Women’s World Rankings and 1 of 2 skippers in the Australian Women’s Match Racing Team. She has won 15 major championships in Match Racing and Fleet Racing, dinghies and yachts and skippered her team to gold at the World Cup in Germany and Swedish match Cup in Sweden late 2009 and more recently gold in Italy middle of 2010. Five sailing athletes and Katie now form the Australian Olympic Women’s Match Racing Team from which there will be selected to represent Australia. Katie wants to make the final 3.
When did you start?
I grew up in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with the only access to our house via boat or ferry, so from a very young age was around water and sailing boats. My first racing was with my older brother in a very old wooden Manly Junior which was found under my next door neighbor’s house. We raced on a Sunday in Club races sailing out of Avalon Sailing Club. My dad would make us sail our boat over to Avalon, sail the race and then sail home again.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
2009 – Named in the final six for the Australian Sailing Team 2009 – Match Cup Sweden – Grade 1 – 1st Place 2009 – Kiel Week, Germany – World Cup – 1st Place
What is your dream?
To be successful in my sailing career and in the immediate future to win Gold at the 2012 Olympics.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
There isn’t one person who is my hero, but there is a lot of people in the sailing world who I look up to and respect. Naming a few: Adrienne Cahalan, Peter Gilmour, Russel Coutts, my brother James Spithill.
Any other special talents?
Not that I can think of.
Anything that is good motivation especially when trying to get through a Cardio Session in the gym or outdoors.
Favourite TV Show?
Anything with Chocolate in it!
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The Grant will enable me to be able to get additional help from a specialist coach to help me work on my weaknesses, & also to be able to spend more time on the water rather than trying to earn money through part time work.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget the ones that don't and believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it"