Australian sailing legend Iain Murray AM has had many achievements on his rÃ©sumÃ©, but the man affectionately known as “Big Fella” can now run an Olympic campaign that earned two gold medals.
Murray has signed his contract in his current role as Australian Sailing Director – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Campaign and thus made a significant contribution to a successful campaign in Japan.
Iain played a variety of roles during the Tokyo Olympic cycle. Most recently, he had direct campaign management and a supporting role for the 470 gold medal winning team of Messrs von Mat Belcher and Will Ryan.
“I loved working with this group of athletes,” Murray said today.
âComing to Enoshima after all the delays and obstacles to do the job as we did will be with me forever. The team really got together over the last year, which was only compounded by the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic. Seeing the team doing well in Japan at the same time as some of the next generation of Mat Belchers, Matt Wearns and Lisa Darmanins was a really nice ending. “
Murray, himself one of Australia’s most accomplished sailors, has had an extensive sailing career and continues to be passionate about not only his own endeavors but the development of others as well.
Murray started as High Performance Director in 2017 and would finish after the 2020 Olympics and then advance to America’s Cup 36 in his role as Regatta Director. With the Olympics delayed for a year, a new plan was agreed in which he would manage his America’s Cup role in March 2021 and the postponed Olympics in July.
Murray’s legacy with the Australian Sailing Team may not end with successes in Tokyo as he ponders his future and what advisory or supportive role he could play in the years to come. He will continue to balance a number of different projects inside and outside the sport.
A true legend of the sport, Murray will not rest as he continues his work as SailGP Regatta Director, Director of Murlan Marinas, and other business and sailing interests.
Australian Sailing would like to acknowledge Murray’s significant contribution to the team’s successful Tokyo 2020 campaign.
From Australian Sailing