Year Awarded: 2009
Sport: Sailing
Scholarship Holders

Max Taylor - Sailing

Max has excelled in sailing competitively at a national and international level in the 420 Class Sailing Dinghy. Max has been a member of the Yachting Victoria Junior and Youth teams and is currently in the Victorian High Performance Program and the Australian Sailing Development Squad.

For the past 2 years Max, with his sailing partner Sam Kivell, have won the 420 class Australian Championships, and competed in 420 Class in the ISAF Youth World Championship in Weymouth England winning the silver medal on a count back. In 2007 Max & Sam moved into the Olympic 470 Class and competed in the 470 World Championships held in January 2008.

Max & Sam travelled to Europe in mid 2008 and competed in some big regattas in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics - a great learning experience for them in their quest of qualifying to represent Australia at the 2012 Olympics.

In 2009 Australian crews continued the tradition of outstanding success on the world stage for those involved in the 470 Class, in the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne titles. In what is Australia's most important Olympic class regatta, Sam and Max placed third. This was an exceptional result against first class opposition.

Mentor:  John Bertrand AO
Hero:  John Anderson OAM

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