This week, six top Danish female sailors have been invited to a unique selection camp by the Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL as part of a new programme aimed at accelerating the inclusion of female athletes in SailGP.
The cohort includes former World Sailor of the Year Anne-Marie Rindom, who will compete for Denmark at the Olympic Games later this year, having scooped a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Joining Rindom are two more familiar faces from the Danish Olympic Team: Katja Salskov-Iversen, who also took bronze in 49erFX class in Brazil; and RS:X windsurfer Laerke Buhl-Hansen.
And the group is completed by Iben Nielsby Christensen, Trine Abrahamson and Ellen Schouw Nielsen, who, at 20 years old is the youngest trialist, having originally connected with the team prior to the #ROCKTheBoat Academy delivered by Team ROCKWOOL Racing in 2020.
The selection process forms part of SailGP’s Race For The Future purpose-driven agenda, which aims to create a sustainable pathway to expand female participation in the sport and, ultimately, the league.
“From here, it’s anyone’s game” – Nicolai Sehested
Denmark SailGP Team helmsman Nicolai Sehested revealed that the Danish team is fully behind the initiative to get more female athletes involved in the league.
“We are lucky to have some seriously talented female sailors in Denmark, and we’re happy with the level of those who have agreed to join us to trial for the SailGP team,” explains Sehested.
“The group we have invited has a diverse skill set and range of experience, and each candidate could bring unique values to the team. We have Olympic medallists, experienced match racers and some exciting rising stars of Danish sailing, and we’re looking forward to getting out on the water. From here, it’s anyone’s game.”
The selection camp takes place on 20-21 February, following which the Denmark SailGP Team will make a final selection of two athletes to join them in the first SailGP event of Season 2 in Bermuda, with at least one female set to be selected to train and be immersed within the team for the upcoming season.