DOUBLE BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA - 19 March 2016: Smiley has been chosen to represent Australia, twice.
Firstly, as the leading junior female Radial sailor in Australia she is doing an exchange with the Japanese team (good training for 2020). Secondly, Australia can nominate two sailors for the World Open Radial Championships in Mexico, and Smiley and the 2016 Olympic hopeful have been selected.
Speaking at the press conference following DBSC's successful defence of the Rolex Vaucluse Challenge, Smiley, explained:
"DBSC has a great reputation as a friendly club, but I was concerned about joining because I didn't think my sailing was up to scratch. Initially, it wasn't. Dr. Huber, Mr. Kuhlmann and Mr. White were regularly finishing ahead of me. However, with a lot of encouragement I improved, and they are now so pleased that not only can I overtake them most of the time, but I am to represent Australia. DBSC is the best sailing club on the water and off it."
Honorary Member, Kristy Hinze-Clark, commented on the selection:
"Well done Smiley! You are so lucky joining DBSC so early in your sailing life. I owe my success in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart to DBSC: some select advice from a DBSC sailing guru got me to Hobart as the Line Honours winner."
Again, well done Smiley!