Alison Dale from Victoria has an extensive background in high performance sailing and she is passionate about the development of our next generation of sailors. Alison will be travelling to New Caledonia this year with the Australian Optimist Development Squad (AODS). Alison is 22 years old and has recently graduated as a Physiotherapist and is currently working at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
Growing up Alison came from a non-sailing family and it was a neighbour that introduced Alison and her brother Cameron to the wonderful world of sailing. Alison never looked back and has had a very successful career so far and she is still actively competes in-between working commitments and coaching.
Alison won a Youth Nationals in the Laser 4.7 and then moved into the Laser Radial class. Alison has also raced a 29er competitively with a second place at a Nationals before moving into a 49erFX. Alison also loves cruising and racing in keelboats and has most recently represented Sandringham Yacht Club in the inaugural Interclub Commodores Trophy in Women's Match Racing.
Working for the past few years as a club coach building the Optimist fleet at Sandringham Yacht Club, Alison has demonstrated a skill for being a dedicated and fun coach that is able to teach our upcoming sailors great sailing skills with a good mix of laughs and tough love. Alison has worked extensively in developing young female sailors and School Team Sailing. The past 12 months have been very busy with working with VIODA and IODSA with their training programmes. Alison toured to China in 2015 with the VIODA China exchange tour as part of a sailor cultural exchange program.
What is your favourite food?
What is your best joke?
Well, it is all in the delivery, timing and situation not sure it’ll be very funny in writing…. but here it goes.
Did you hear about the guy who got his left arm chopped off? He’s all right now
What do you like to do when you aren't sailing?
I love to travel, spend time with my friends and of course being a Physiotherapist.