10 Jul 2013
There’s nothing like a bit of sibling rivalry to stoke the competitive spirit — and the Price household is no exception.
When Harry Price watched his big sis Olivia sail her way to a silver medal at last year’s London Olympics, it was just the bump the 17-year-old needed. After a quick handling of the silverware, Harry had the fuel he needed to prepare for what has been a remarkable 2013 to date — with the possibility of more success to come.
‘Seeing Olivia at the Olympics was a huge motivator for me — that’s my goal as well, to represent Australia at an Olympic Games,’ says Harry, whose talent was recently recognised with a Local Sporting Champions grant — an initiative by the Australian Government to assist young people to achieve their sporting dreams.
In January this year, Harry teamed with Angus Williams to take out the Australian nationals and youth championship in the 29er class. The stellar results — all the more impressive as the two had only joined forces at Christmas — saw them selected for the Australian Sailing Youth Team.
But despite the success, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Harry was introduced to the sport at age six but quickly found himself losing interest.
‘I stopped sailing when I was eight,’ he reveals. ‘I didn’t have the dedication, and had other interests. But then my dad bought me a Manly Junior and I started sailing at school. Then I really enjoyed it.’
Harry will compete in the Australian Mid-winter Youth Championships in Queensland in July before travelling to Europe for their sailing season — a trip that will include the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Limassol, Cyrus and the 2013 29er World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.
While Harry is determined to one day become the Price family’s second Olympian, he says he is taking everything one step at a time.
‘This year I’d love a podium finish at the Youth Worlds. But after that we’ll see what happens. In the next couple of years I’d like to try as many different events as possible and put myself in the best position for the future.’
The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for young people aged 12–18 to put towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at a recognised event.
Athletes can apply for grants after they have been selected to attend an event and their participation has been confirmed.