The sailors in Australia were recognized for their achievements and contributions during the annual Australia day honors
Tom Burton, the sailing Gold Medalist of Rio Olympics 2016, has been recognized with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2017 Australia Day Honors List. Burton bagged Gold in the Laser category in Rio inspiring hundreds of future sailors.
After his victory, he shared his success story with the aspiring young Olympians by visiting many schools, community groups, sailing clubs. He even spent a day with the young cancer patients and their families at Camp Quality.
Burton said that he is extremely happy to share his story, especially with kids, as they get very excited and inspire his story. Burton said that he feels extremely proud and honored for being recognized with the Medal of The Order.
The Paralympic Gold Medalists in the Sonar class in the country were also honored with OAM. Jonathan Harris, Colin Harrison, and Russell Boaden had a stunning victory in Rio securing them with a gold medal. They join the SKUD 18 Gold Medal winners Daniel Fitzgibbon OAM and Liesl Tesch AM who received the honors in 2014.
Campbell Rose, who was a member of the yachting team of Australia at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1986 Goodwill games has been recognized as the member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, considering the service provided by him to the sports administration and to the community of Victoria.
Another sailor honored with OAM was John Ferguson for his services to the community and sailing. He has represented Australia at Olympics three times and has been a member of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from the year 1957.
Lindsay May who has participated in national and international ocean events as the skipper navigator has been honored with OAM in the general division.
Ralph Stilgoe was also recognized for his service to sailing and to the community.