Golden moment for Freo sailor

FREMANTLE sailor Matt Wearn (pictured) has become one of Australia’s first Tokyo Olympians.

Late last week the Australian Olympic Committee announced Wearn and fellow sailors Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan as the first official members of the Australian 2020 team.

Wearn, who’s sailing in Belgium at the moment, said it still felt like a “dream”.

“I’m just ecstatic.

“After I got the call that I was selected, I just sat down in silence for a moment and let it soak in. The excitement really kicked in and I felt like jumping around the house.

Wearn’s home port is the Fremantle Sailing Club, where his brother-in-law Travis Burtenshaw is on-water manager.

Mr Burtenshaw said right from the start it was obvious Wearn had the magic ingredients to take him to the top.

“You knew he was always going to make it, he just had that focus and drive,” Mr Burtenshaw said.

“He always had the time and energy to do what was necessary, no matter how hard it was.”

by STEVE GRANT

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