Alison Dale

Alison is passionate and committed coach eager to develop the next generation of opti sailors.

She has coached the Australian optimist development squad for the past four years and successfully created a group of elite optimist and youth sailors. 10 of the top 20 sailors at the last nationals were previous members of the development squad. She has coached all around the country, working mostly with the Victorian and South Australian sailors and has also worked around the world.  

Alison grew up sailing at Sandringham Yacht Club in international cadets, sabots, lasers, 29ers and 49erFX; winning many events along the way. She has also competed in teams and match racing. Currently she enjoys flying around in her Waszp. 

Aside for coaching, Alison is a physiotherapist working at a major hospital network in Melbourne. 

As a coach, Alison brings experience as a physio and from many other sports. Having represented the state as a youth athlete in volleyball, basketball and sailing.

Utilising these experiences Alison has elite skills in developing techniques and the ability to effectively communicate and teach to all styles. She also able to observe, analyse and problem solve in order to get the most out of her sailors.

Alison loves to coach optimist sailors; enhancing their performance and passion for the sport. She is a dedicate coach who loves to work hard and have a great time. 

This year Alison will coach both the Australian Optimist Sailing Team in Oman at the Oceanic and Asian Championships and the Australian Development Squad in New Caledonia. She can’t wait! 

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