Following in father’s wake

Following in father’s wake

SAM Gilmour, of Mosman Park, is a finalist in the team’s category of the WA Sports Federation awards, which will be held on December 7 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 22-year-old was also shortlisted for Sports Star of the Year – the same award his father Peter Gilmour won in 1987.

Sam followed in his father’s sailing footsteps at the age of 10 and has been a member of the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club since 2004.

Along with Neptune Racing members Chris Smith, Adam Negri, Justin Wong, Niall Morrow and Cameron Seagreen, Sam won the World Championships in Poland last September, earning the team a wildcard in to the World Match Racing Tour event in Sweden.

Neptune Racing is currently 11th on the tour and ranked number five with the International Sailing Federation.

The team will compete at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta – a qualifier for the World Match Racing Tour – in February.

Sam said he sailed four or five days a week and when he was not on the water, he was working on the boat with his teammates or coaching at the RFBYC.

The UWA commerce graduate said he was excited to be nominated for the two awards but there was no pressure to follow in his father’s winning footsteps.

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