23/04/2024

Jake Lilley (Finn). Australian Sailing Team competing at Ready Steady Tokyo (Olympic Test Event) in Enoshima, Japan. Source: Australian Sailing Team/Beau Outteridge

The 13-member sailing squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been rounded out by Finn Class sailor Jake Lilley.

Jake Lilley will round out the sailing squad for the Australian Olympic Team in the Finn Class at the Tokyo games.

This will be Lilley’s second Olympic Games, after an eighth placed finish at Rio in 2016. In recent years the 27-year-old has had several top 10 finishes at international events, including an eighth place at the European Championships earlier this month.

Like many of his fellow Australian Olympic teammates, Lilley has been grateful for the additional time over the past year to prepare.

“It’s a good feeling to be honoured with the opportunity to represent our country and our sport,” Lilley said.

“We’ve worked quietly but earnestly back in Australia for over a year now.

“Between myself, coach Rafa Trujillo and training partner Anthony Nossiter, we are quietly confident of the work we’ve put in and what we can do but also have the utmost respect for the enormity of the mountain we are endeavouring to climb and crack the top step of the Finn Class podium at the Olympics.

“Time is a blessing in any Olympic campaign. We were grateful and appreciative for every day more and treated it as such.”

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Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman praised Lilley’s work ethic and the support network that helped Lilley reach his goals.

“To make it to back-to-back Olympics is a remarkable achievement,” Chesterman said.

“It shows a remarkable commitment to your sport and I am sure that Jake will take many of his lessons from Rio and apply them to Tokyo and a real benefit at his second Olympics.

“I wish him the very best over the final months of preparation and look forward to welcoming him to Tokyo.

“While Jake is competing in Europe, this is also a day to celebrate for his family, coaches, friends and supporters back home in Australia, as well as all of those at Australian Sailing, who have helped Jake become the sailor he is today.”

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