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 have had immediate success winning all events they have competed in together and remained undefeated throughout 2013 with continuing success in 2014. 
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 Championships , Italy (July 2013) 
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 Sport Team of the Year 2013 
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 championships, Sydney (March 2013) 
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)

Mathew Belcher

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 Sport Athletes’ Commission, International Olympic Class 470 Management Committee, President of the Australian 470 National Class Association and a member of Yachting Australia’s Athletes Commission.

Will Ryan

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 and 18 foot Skiffs.

In the same month he finished his schooling, Will was the youngest competitor in the 2006 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. After a chance meeting with Olympic ‘Medal Maker Coach’ Victor Kovalenko the realisation of a pathway towards the Olympics became evidenet, and since 2009, Will has focused purely upon the 470 class, with an Olympic medal firmly within his sights. Under the guidance of Victor, Will earned a top 8 World ranking as he trained as a sparring partner in the 4 years up to the London Games to eventual Olympic Gold Medalists Mat Belcher and Mal Page. Following the 2012 London Olympics, Mat and Will teamed up to campaign towards Rio 2016, with the pair having immediate success winning all events they competed in together and remaining undefeated throughout 2013.

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.

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