Sailor Stransky plans for Olympic debut

Mara Stranksy has been added to Australia's Olympic sailing team as discussion continues around whether the Tokyo Games will even be held at all.

It's unchartered waters for Mara Stransky as Australia's latest Olympic sailor but the 21-year-old is used to doing things differently.

Stransky was named on Thursday to sail in the laser radial class in Tokyo later this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic halting international travel and clouding if and when the Games will proceed.

But Stransky, who grew up living on a yacht and was six months old when involved in her first race, says she has a "plan B" to ensure she's ready if Tokyo gets the green light.

The Queenslander took up Olympic-class sailing just six years ago but has emerged as a regular top-10 presence.

Australian team chef de mission Ian Chesterman said Stransky, set to be Australia's fourth-youngest Olympic sailor, would be given the support needed to prepare as if the Games will go ahead.

"We are in unchartered waters but we want to set a course to ensure they can prepare for the Games in the best possible environment and they can get to the Games safely," he said.

"Part of that process is to announce athletes as they are nominated and selected to the Australian Olympic team."

Stransky's unique upbringing means she's no stranger to extreme measures.

"To get to the gym from Russell Island (off Brisbane) meant I was up at 3am to get the first ferry to connect with the first bus and another connection to make the gym by 7am," she said.

"It was a self-perpetuating cycle, I put so much effort in to get there I needed to get the reward to make it worthwhile, so it made me push even harder.

"(Because of the health measures in place) we're coming up with a plan B domestically to stay race fit.

"Luckily we have a really strong fleet and team in Australia, and I'm looking forward to putting in solid hours with the whole team here."

Stransky joins Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (Men's 470), Matt Wearn (Laser), brothers Will and Sam Phillips (49er), Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan (49erFX) and cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (Nacra 17) as Australia's sailing representatives at Tokyo 2020.


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