King sailor claims third win

NORTH COAST Academy of Sport (NCAS) sailor Gabrielle King has been named Athlete of the Year for the third year running.

It gives the 18-year-old the distinction of being the first to register such a feat in the 14-year history of the Awards.

Each year the top honour is presented in memory of the late Darrel Chapman, acknowledged as being a driving force behind the establishment of the Academy in 1989.

Chapman, an ex-Woodlawn College student and member of the 1959 Kangaroos touring party, was inaugural head of department of Southern Cross University's exercise science and sport management program and pushed hard for the foundation of the Academy.

King is originally from Maclean but moved to Sydney in early 2008 to commence her first year at university.

She competes in the Laser radial class, which is a single-handed dinghy, at both open and youth levels.

Successes which gained her the Academy's highest award included first placing at the National Youth Titles held in January 2008 at Blairgowrie, Victoria, and first placing at the World Women's Youth Championships in Takapuna, New Zealand.

Her victory at the National titles saw King selected for the third year running into the Australian team to contest the World Youth Championships in Denmark.

She is currently the highest ranked women in Australia in the Laser Radial and is embarking on a program which should see her contest the Olympics of 2012 in England.

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