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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 1st (470)

Recent Performances

  • 13th (470) - 2012 Sail for Gold Regatta (Weymouth, Great Britain)
  • 27th (470) - 2012 470 World Championships (Barcelona, Spain)
  • 4th (470) - 2012 Palma World Cup (Palma, Spain)
  • 9th (470) - 2011 World Championships (Perth, Australia)
  • 1st (470) - 2011 Melbourne World Cup (Melbourne, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning gold in the 470 class with Tessa Parkinson at the Beijing Olympics, 2008.
  • Coming out of retirement to qualify for the London Olympic Games.
  • Winning the Australian Female Sailer of the Year award in 2008

Interesting Facts

  • After taking up sailing at the age of 7, Elise Rechichi compiled a long list of impressive results. She claimed silver at the 2002 Youth World Championships in the 29er skiff, gold a year later in Youth World Championships in the 420 class before linking up with Tessa Parkinson to take out Open and Youth 2004 World Championship titles, the latter on Rechichi's 18th birthday.
  • Rechichi and Parkinson began to forge a formidable partnership and their feats did not go unnoticed as they won Australia's Youth Team of the Year award at 2005 Australian Sports Awards.
  • The pair signalled their intentions for Olympic glory when they won the test event and claimed bronze in the 2008 World Championships. Their dream was realised when, at their debut Olympics, they brought home gold for Australia in the 470 class. The win was all the more impressive given that Rechichi took 10 months to recover from severe gastric trauma contracted during training in Qingdao.
  • After retiring from sailing in July of 2009, Rechichi made a spectacular return to the water as she teamed up with Sydney Olympic gold medallist Belinda Stowell. The pair claimed 9th at the 2011 World Championships, including a 2nd in the gold medal race, only a matter of weeks after pairing up. The performance qualified Australia for the quota position in the 470 class and went a long way to securing their position on the Australian Team.
  • The pair opened their 2012 season in Majorca where they finished 4th. They then used the 470 World Championships to get as much racing in together as Stowell returned from a back injury. They finished 27th at the meet, even though they sat out the opening day of gold fleet racing, with three top ten finishes in the week of racing. Rechichi pursued and achieved another of her life goals when she got her commercial pilot's licence after having already qualified as an aerobatics pilot.



Victor Kovalenko (2003 - 2009 & 2011 - current)


Royal Perth Yacht Club (WA, Australia)

Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra
Western Australian Institute of Sport, Perth



Methodist Ladies College (WA, Australia)

Sailing Team

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