Clearly the work ethic is alive and well in the life of Tom Slingsby who transferred competitive skills in tennis to a successful career in sailing.
“Tennis was my favorite sport as a kid, I used to train five or six days a week. But I also wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I started training in the Laser and after three months of doing that I finished first at the (Australian) Nationals. I’d finished 61st the year before.”
With six world championships under his belt, it’s safe to say his sailing career has skyrocketed in the past 12 years.
In 2010, Slingsby was voted the International Sailing Federation’s Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. In the Laser class, the Aussie had a nearly unbeatable six-year stretch, winning the world championship five times and rising hold the No. 1 ranking in the class.
After a disappointing result in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Slingsby set out on his 2012 Olympic campaign with a new focus, and this time his hard work paid off. He won gold in the Laser class at the 2012 Games.
On the racecourse Slingsby is well regarded for his ability to read the wind. He joined ORACLE TEAM USA in October 2011 as a tactician and serves as strategist onboard with the race crew.
“I sit next to JK on the boat all day, and his communication is excellent. The wording never changes so everyone knows exactly what is meant when he says something. That’s something I’m learning, I think the Aussie slang is slowly getting out of me but I’ve still got a bit of that to get rid of. When you’re sailing with a team of international crews, you’ve got to be very clear.”
- Gold medal 2012 Olympic Games – Laser
- Five-time World Champion – Laser (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
- 2012 Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Co-Athlete of the Year
- Joins ORACLE TEAM USA (October)
- America’s Cup World Series San Diego Match Racing Championship, 6th place
- America’s Cup World Series San Diego Fleet Racing Championship, 9th place
- Australian Male Yachtsman of Year
- ISAF Sailing World Cup Series Perth, Laser, winner
- ISAF Sailing World Cup Series Weymouth, Laser, winner
- Devoti ONE World Champion
- ISAF Male World Sailor of Year
- Laser World Champion (previously 2007, ’08)
- Farr 40 Worlds – Transfusion, 2nd
- Etchells World Champion (with skipper John Bertrand, AUS)