Audi Australia’s managing director, Joerg Hofmann, has announced that the premium German carmaker will provide a new Audi Q7 or A4 model to any athlete from the Australian Sailing Team AST who brings home Gold from Qingdao, China later this year.
A major co-sponsor of the Team, which is currently ranked No.1 in the world, Audi farewelled the athletes this week as they head off to Europe for their last events before leaving for China where they will compete for Australia in Qingdao, where the sailing will be held.
According to the Team’s management, they are planning to emulate their best-ever medal tally in Sydney 2000, and bring home 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal from China.
According to Mr Hofmann, like Audi, the sailors were no doubt used to setting high goals, determining the best tactics to achieve them and enjoying the success at an elite level.
“We are pleased to have supported the Australian Sailing Team in their campaign for Beijing 2008. They are a group of people who strive for success in their chosen field and we appreciate that commitment,” Mr Hofmann said.
“We wish them all the very best and we are sure that the medal tally will flow in a few months. As an added incentive, Audi will provide a new car for six months for any AST members who bring home Gold!” he said.
In the past two months, members of the team have won 3 World Championships (Laser, Tornado and 49er) brought home a Silver (Yngling) and a Bronze (Women’s 470) at the World Championships, with the Laser Radial and Star Class World Championships are still to come.
The Australian team includes serious medal hopefuls and back-to-back Laser World Champion, Tom Slingsby; 49er World Champions Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin; World Yngling Championship silver medallists Krystal Weir, Karyn Gojnich and Angela Farrell; the men’s and women’s 470 teams who both won Gold at the Beijing sailing test event last year; and the 2007 Olympic Test Event silver medallist, windsurfer Jessica Crisp.
Audi is the largest supporter of competitive sailing in Australia.
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