Brent Pearson with his gold medal after he returned from the recent Sail Brisbane competition.
Brent Pearson with his gold medal after he returned from the recent Sail Brisbane competition. Sharyn Oneill

Gold, bronze for sailors

HE won gold in front of a world champion, she won bronze in her sabot division and they are Yeppoon's top sailors.

Brent Pearson soared across the waters in front of world champion Matthew Belcher to claim the gold medal in the annual international championships, Sail Brisbane, last weekend.

The Yeppoon competitor made his mark on the sailing world at the championships when he competed in the hydrofoil moth open division.

The 20-year-old has glided through sailed the Yeppoon waters since he was 12 and has collected a trove of titles and achievements to his merit.

But the recent one is said to be his greatest achievement, as to claim gold in front of Belcher was something he had hardly expected.

“It was a really close race between me and him,” Pearson said.

“It was a massive accomplishment, as I raced in the state championships two years ago and in every race he got first and I got second, so I finally got one up on him.

”Kimberly White of Yeppoon also took to the waters and claimed for herself a bronze medal in the sabot division.

“It was a good accomplishment, but my biggest was earlier this year when I won the state titles in Yeppoon,” she said.

White has been sailing since she was six.

Both she and Pearson belong to the Keppel Bay Sailing Club.

Next up on the agenda for White is the nationals in New South Wales.

“My goal is to get top five as last year I got 20th (out of about 50),” she said.

White said she only competed for the love of the sport at the moment, but that's not the case for Pearson.

After a successful year, including taking out the regatta in Townsville and finishing third overall in the mixed division event, Pearson has his eyes set on a bigger goal.

“There is the world championship at the end of2010/2011 and that is my ultimate goal.

It has always been a dream of mine and I hope I get to compete,” Pearson said. “I have done really well in representing Queensland in the past for the sabot team and I won the under-21 Australian junior in the moth class.”

Pearson said he competed for the love of the sport as well, but he now wanted to take it up another notch.

“I have got a minor sponsor at the moment, but it is still hard to get real serious and do professional here in Yeppoon,” he said.

“Next year I want to move to Brisbane so I can take it a bit more seriously and get to the world championships.”

Pearson also heads to Perth for the Australianchampionships in January and hopes to finish in the top 10 after finishing mid-fleet last year.



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