2015 Event Ambassadors
Oliver (aka Oli) Tweddell is a local Victorian Sailor and current Member of the Australian Sailing Squad (ASS), with his sights set on Olympic Gold.
Oli is a former world number one Finn sailor, currently ranked the eighth Finn sailor in the world on the International Sailing Federation’s ladder with a flourishing swag of his own; four silver medals from ISAF International grade 1 events and a bronze from the U21 Finn Worlds in 2010, the same year he collected the under 21 Australian Finn national champion crown.
For the past three ISAF Sailing World Cups in Melbourne, Oli has finished a silver medallist. You will find Oli battling it out for gold in the Finn class again this year.
Tess is also a local Victorian Sailor and current member of the Australian Sailing Squad and the Victorian Institute of Sport. She and her sailing partner, Cailtin Elks (WA), are currently ranked 6th on the ISAF World Ranking.
In January 2012, Tess was involved in an on- water collision resulting in severe head injuries and extended periods of hospilisation and rehabilition. She has since made a full recovery and is now competing full time on the world circuit.
While also completing her secondary school Tess takes pride in the fact that she finished 11th at the World Championships thus qualifying Australia in the FX Class for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Liesl Tesch has competed in 6 Paralympic Games, five playing wheelchair basketball, and most recently in London, where she
Liesl was reintroduced to the fabulous sailing (a sport she enjoyed before breaking her back in a bike crash when she was 19)
when she competed in the Sydney to Hobart with Sailors With Disabilities. Connecting with Paralympic Silver medallist from Beijing,
has resulted in a very successful partnership, and the pair are looking forward to defending their World Championship on the
beautiful waters of Port Phillip Bay, where they have never lost a regatta!
Krystal started her sailing days on the beach at Elwood Sailing Club in Melbourne. At 13, the schoolgirl was forced to
make a decision. To choose between attending State trials for the Victorian hockey team or sailing – the latter won.
Krystal was chosen to represent Australia at the 2003 Youth Worlds, finishing second in the Radial. Backing up with a win in the 2004 Radial Women’s Worlds – she was on her way. Representing Sandringham Yacht Club, Yachting Victoria & the Victorian Institute of Sport. Krystal travelled the circuit competing for Australia.
In 2012, Krystal graduate from Sydney University with a Masters in Physiotherapy. She now works for mhealth in Mentone, myphysio GESAC & the Victorian Institute of Sport.
Junior Event Ambassador:
"Hi I’m Linus, I’m 12 years old and I live in St Kilda close to the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron where Sail Melbourne is being held in December. I sail my Opti every week during the summer and after school in the club’s junior squad, except when it’s too windy when we play soccer instead - which is my other favorite sport.When I was 5 we went on a family sailing holiday and I thought it was really cool so I made my dad buy me an Opti! My favourite thing to do in sailing is to surf down big waves and go fast and my least favourite is definitely capsizing when it's cold. I also really enjoy racing, especially the starts as we have really big fleets in the Optis so it’s really exciting. I have competed in lots of regattas including the Australian championships. My sailing goal is to get into the Opti world championships. I’ve been selected to be in the Victorian Sailing team this year and I’m really looking forward to competing at Sail Melbourne at my home club. It will be amazing to have so many of the top dinghy sailors in the world in St Kilda. I really hope to meet some of the Olympic sailors….and get some sailing tips….and autographs"".