Mathew Belcher & Will Ryan
Our 2013 and 2014 Season to date
Following the 2012 London 2012 Olympics, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan teamed up to campaign towards Rio 2016. The pair
There results during the 2013 & 2014 Season
1st – 470 World Championships, France (August 2013)
1st – 470 World Championships Santander, Spain (September 2014)
1st – 470 European
1st – 470 European Championships, Athens (July 2014)
1st – Rio Olympic Test Event (August 2014)
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2013 (Mathew Belcher)
Nominees for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2014
Australian Sailor of the Year 2013 and 2014
Australian Institute of
1st – Eurosaf Delta Lloyd Regatta, Netherlands (May 2013)
1st – ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France ( 2013 and 2014)
1st – ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, Spain (April 2013)
3rd – ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, Spain (April 2014)
2nd – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (January 2014)
1st – NSW State
1st – Australian 470 National Championships, (Port Stephens 2013 & Sorrento 2014)
1st – Sydney International Regatta, Sydney (December 2012)
1st – ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, Australia ( 2012 & 2013)
Australian Olympic gold medallist Mathew Belcher was introduced to sailing at the young age of seven. Born on the Gold Coast in 1982, Mathew has proven himself as an elite athlete on the water. He was inspired to become an Olympian after carrying the Australian flag at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. A dream he shared with his wife, who also competed in London representing Germany in Sailing – 470W. Mathew achieved his goal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where together with Malcolm Page he won gold in the 470 class as well as winning three consecutive world championships coming into London 2012 (2010,2011,2012). He has later defended these titles in 2013 with new crew Will Ryan to become the first skipper to win four consecutive Olympic class world titles. Mathew is determined to defend his Olympic gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and to become International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Sailor of the Year, after being a finalist on two previous occasions 2010, 2012, and now 2013.
Off the water, Mathew is focused on completing his Master of Urban Development and Sustainability, but also enjoys spending time with family and friends. Mathew says he most admires his wife, Friederike Belcher of Germany’s sailing team, and his “medal maker” coach Victor Kovalenko.
The most important life lesson for Mathew is to “trust yourself and follow your dreams”.
Mathew is a member of the Australian Institute of
First introduced to the waters of Sydney Harbour at 2 days old, it took Will a while to start racing sailboats, however since his first time crewing in an old wooden Sabot on the waters of Lake Macquarie – he has never looked back. Progressing quickly through a range of junior classes including State and National Championships, Will turned his focus as a helmsman to the sailing discipline of Match Racing, Yachts
In the same
A hunger for competition and elite sports fuels the drive for Will as he works towards success in Rio and earning a piece in sporting history.