Sporting Person: ELLIS, JACQUELINE ANN, Sailing
ELLIS, JACQUELINE ANN
|Member of the Sporting Hall of Fame
Jacqueline's sailing career you could say began when her father built his first boat, an International Cadet dinghy in his bedroom in England. Her father's love for sailing began when he was 13 which led him to become a World International Cadet Champion. It was only natural that Jacqueline and her bother Scott also found that they had a love for the sport.
Jacqueline started sailing at Belmont 16Ft Sailing Club in 1978 in a second hand 'Pelican' dingy. Jacqueline set out with crew mate Natalie Butterworth on their first race. At that time Jacqueline had began year 7 at Belmont High School where she represented the school in swimming, gymnastics and trampoling she had also met a friend, Nicole Piper who was also beginning to sail, and lucky enough Nicole also needed a crew. Jacqueline stepped in and had a season in "Mr Percival", which gave Jacqueline enough experience and courage to try again as skipper, in her own boat called "Pink Panther" with crew member Belinda Moore. Jacqueline improved under the guidance of her father and brother scott and in Jacqueline's final season in Pelicans (Under 16years), Jacqueline sailed her brother's 'hand me down' boat "Quicksilver". That year Jacqueline and her crew mate won the best female crew award.
Jacqueline followed her brother Scott onto V'J's the following season, sailing "Hey...Wait for me" with crew, another friend from school, Donna Davis. Sailing at junior level took Jacqueline and her family to regattas all over Australia experiencing sailing amongst the seals and dolphins.
While studying at Newcastle University for a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education, Jacqueline had her first trip overseas representing Australia in the World Laser Championships which she won in Falmouth England. Since then Jacqueline has sailed in the World Championships in Denmark (8th), Newport U.S.A (3rd), Greece and New Zealand (5th).
While at University Jacqueline worked at the Pizza Hut to help finance her travel expenses and the Belmont 16Ft Sailing Club and the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Fund were also generous. Jacqueline has also put a fair back into her sport being editor of the New South Wales Laser News for two years and also coaching juniors. She was instrumental in bringing the 1993 National Laser Championships to Belmont, which turned out to be the biggest dinghy regatta in Australia.
Presently Jacqueline is at present making her career with the St George Bank in Queensland.
1987 - Won NSW & ACT Womens State Championship
1988 - Won NSW & ACT Womens State Championship
1989 - Won NSW & ACT Womens State Championship
1990 - Won NSW & ACT Womens State Championship
1992 - NSW & ACT Open State Radial Championship, Placed 2nd
1988 - Won Australian Womens Championship
1989 - Won Australian Womens Championship
1990 - Won Australian Womens Championship
1991 - Won Australian Womens Championship
1991 - Australian Open Radial Championship, Placed 2nd
1992 - Won Australian Womens Championship
1992 - Australian Open Radial Championship, Placed 2nd
1993 - Won Australian Womens Championship
1993 - Australian Open Radial Championship, Placed 6th
1988 - Won World Championship (England)
1989 - World Championship (Denmark), Placed 8th
1990 - World Championship (Newport U.S.A), Placed 3rd
1993 - World Championships (New Zealand), Placed 5th