Australian Team Win Medals at Pacific Games
The podium in ILCA 6 at Pacific Games Sophia Morgan FIJ, Evie Saunders AUS and Vaimooia Ripley SAM
Evie Saunders won gold in the ILCA 6 at the Pacific Games held in Honiara, Solomon Islands in November. She and team mate Ellen Sampson also took gold in the teams event.
Evie entered the medal race with a slender lead over Fijian Olympic representative Sophia Morgan – knowing she needed to finish within one position of the Fijian to win gold which see did.
Isaac Schotte won bronze in the ILCA 7 men’s competition and he and fellow Australian team member Tom Farley also won team silver behind New Caledonia.
The very experienced ILCA 7 sailors Etienne Le Pen from New Caledonia and Eroni Leilua from Samoa were clearly the best sailors in the fleet and took gold and silver respectively. Etienne with team mate Vincent Trinquet won the ILCA 7 team gold for New Caledonia. New Caledonia also topped the medal tally from the 27 sports at the games. Pretty good for a country with less than 300,000 population.