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Belcher & Page - Australia's Men's 470 Team
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May 2010
Mat Belcher - #1 in ISAF's World Cup
Photo by Victor Kovalenko

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Mathew Belcher - Groomed for the Gold
By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Mat Belcher won a Gold medal in 2000.  It wasn't an Olympic Gold Medal, however it was enough to get him to the Olympics.  By winning the 420 World Championship Belcher impressed Australia's Olympic Committee so much that the young athlete carried the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
 
"It gave me a taste for the Olympics and it was the first time that I met Victor (Kovalenko)," said 27-year old Mathew Belcher, who, following four World Cup events this year is the top 470 skipper.  (Read More, Click Here)
Quotes from Mat, Mal and Victor

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Australia's Golden Boys, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are warmed up and ready to sail their fifth ISAF World Cup Sailing event this year.  The team is #1 in the World Cup standings and ready to take on a 93-boat fleet of the world's top 470 Men's teams.
 
From Mat Belcher - Top 470 skipper on ISAF's World Cup tour
 
"It's good to have Mal in the front of the boat with me again.  We've worked the rust out and have had good training with big fleets this week.  We're making the most of our time in Holland and treating this as our warm-up for the World Championship, which is in The Hague in July."
 
 
From Malcolm Page - 4-time 470 World Champion, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist
 
"We're feeling good.  We've adjusted to wearing layers of thermals under our wetsuits again.  For good measure and good luck I'm cooking up my famous chorizo tonight.   Every other night we've had lots of guests.  I can't figure out why they've abandoned us tonight."
 
 
From Coach Victor Kovalenko - 5 Olympic Gold, 3 Olympic Bronze and 12 470 World Championship titles to his credit
 
"This is Mat and Mal's first anniversary together.  It is also their first serious regatta in Europe together this year.  We refer to the Palma regatta as Malcolm's honeymoon regatta, because he had just gotten married and didn't sail.  Scheduling conflicts kept him out of the Hyeres Regatta and here we are."
 
"The boat's in good shape and all of the stickers are applied to the 470 and my coach boat, so we're ready to go."
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Belcher & Page Going for the Gold
Photo by Victor Kovalenko
Belcher Page Going for the Gold
Belcher and Page's Olympic campaign is partially funded by the government, but a majority is funded by personal loans and the generous support of friends and family.  You can help a team that is as Good as Gold to take care of unfinished business, by sponsoring their campaign.

To perform at an Olympic Gold Medal winning level Mat and Malcolm must participate in:
 
6-8 World Cup Events & International Regattas per year
2-3 training camps in Weymouth - 2012 Olympic Sailing Venue
4-6 Australian regattas per year
Regular on-water training & training camps within Australia
To be coached by Victor Kovalenko
Gym training, core stability programs, physiotherapy and psychology
Technology & gear development programs with top level
designers and 470 class experts
About Belcher & Page London Challenge 2012


Belcher & Page Going for the GoldPhoto by Victor Kovalenko
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Mathew and Malcolm collectively have over 20 years of experience in the 470. The team has a proven track record and are ready for the London Challenge.
 
They are coached by Victor Kovalenko (The Medal Maker), the Australian Institute of Sport Sailing Head Coach. Today he is one of the most respected and successful sailing coaches around, having coached 12 crews to world championship title wins and five to gold and three to bronze Olympic medals.

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