Price secures sailing bronze in England

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SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Olivia Price has skippered Australia’s 49erFX crew to a bronze medal on the final day of racing at the 2013 Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, England.

Price – studying a Bachelor of Political, Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Sydney – and new team-mate Caitlin Elks overcame their opponents and strong winds to win bronze on Thursday, competing in their first regattas together.

Price was the skipper of the match racing crew which won silver at London 2012. Match racing has been dropped for the next Olympics, however  the 49erFX fleet racing class is on the program for Rio 2016.

Price and Elks raced for bronze in strong gusty conditions. The pair had a great day on the water, winning both medal races to move onto the podium and claim the bronze medal.

“We were delayed on shore for a while today, but finally got on the water and raced in about 18 knots,” explained Price to Yachting Australia. “We had two double point medal races, with eight boats on the water and did as much as we could to move up the leader board, taking two first places in the short course racing to finish third overall.

“We worked well as a team today and have continued to strengthen our relationship throughout the regatta,” she said. “We’re still ticking boxes on each race day and have taken a lot out of this regatta. Next up is some more training here in Weymouth before we head to Kiel in Germany for the next regatta.”