The ‘IFA Rolex World Voyager Awards 2013’ was successfully presented at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Annual General Meeting held in Muscat, Oman. The International Sailing Federation and Rolex have announced that Mathew Belcher from Australia and Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie from New Zealand have won the men’s and women’s awards. In addition to the precious ‘IFA Rolex World Voyager Award’ trophy, each winner will receive a Rolex Prestige watch for encouragement.
Rolex has been sponsoring the FINA Rolex World Voyager Awards since 2001. This award is the highest glory in the sailing world, and it is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of the players from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Several international sailing superstars, key decision makers and sponsors attended the awards ceremony on the same day to celebrate the event.
Nominees for the FIFA Rolex World Voyager Awards 2013: (from left to right) Erika Heineken (USA), Johnny Heineken (USA), Mathew Belcher (Australia), Polly Powrie (New Zealand), Jo Aleh (New Zealand) Zealand), Ian Williams (UK), Raiya Al Habsi (Oman), Paul Larsen (Australia), and Deneen Demourkas (USA).
Mathew Belcher, Queensland, Australia-Enduring Excellence
This year, Mathew Belcher from Queensland, Australia was awarded the fascinating ‘FISA Rolex World Voyager Awards 2013’. He was nominated twice in 2010 and 2012, and this award is a testament to Belcher’s enduring excellence. He said: ‘The’ IFA Rolex World Voyager Awards ‘is of extraordinary significance and has affirmed the efforts and achievements of this year.’ Belcher achieved unprecedented results in the 470 class event-with a small size of 4.7 meters (15.4 feet) Sailing sailed around the world, becoming the first male 470 helmsman to win the award. He won the London Olympics gold medal last year, lighting up the highlights of his career, but without taking a break because of this, he has won 17 consecutive sailing races.
The winners came from Mathew Belcher (left) and his coach Victor Kovalenko, Queensland, Australia.
New Zealand Team Jolly-Cooperation
Like Belcher, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (known as Team Jolly) are the current Olympic and World 470 champions. Their achievements come from the spirit of dedication and cooperation between the two. Accepting the award, Aleh said: ‘We were a bit surprised and really honored to be here.’ Powrie added: ‘We are not alone in achieving success, but we have many people behind us who have always supported our sailing business. ‘
Jo Aleh (right) from New Zealand and Polly Powrie became the women’s winner in a perfect collaboration.