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Kiwi Sailor Peter Burling Awarded Magnus Olsson Prize for 2020

22nd November 2020
Peter Burling helming Team Brunel on the approach to New Zealand during the 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race Peter Burling helming Team Brunel on the approach to New Zealand during the 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race Credit: Yann Riou/Volvo AB

New Zealand sailor Peter Burling has been announced as the 2020 winner of the prestigious Magnus Olsson Prize.

Awarded annually by the Mange Olsson Foundation to an individual who has made an indelible contribution to the world of sailing, the prize’s previous recipients include Torben Grael, Sir Ben Ainslie, Stan Honey, Santiago Lange, Grant Dalton and Carolijn Brouwer.

Peter Burling, from Tauranga in New Zealand, is by far the youngest winner of the prize. Despite his young age (29), Burling has an impressive CV, with an Olympic gold and silver medal and nine World Championship titles to his name.

Burling stood out as watch captain and helmsman with Team Brunel in the 2017–18 edition of The Ocean Race, finishing third overall.

The America’s Cup winner has also twice been named as ISAF World Sailor of the Year, most recently in 2017.

“It’s a great honor to be acknowledged by the Mange Olsson Memorial Foundation for this award,” Burling said of the news.

“Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet Magnus but his epic race in Ericssonc 3 in the 2008-09 edition of the Ocean Race definitely inspired my Round the World path.”

Burling is currently preparing to defend the America’s Cup on home waters in March 2021 with teammates Emirates Team New Zealand, quickly followed by the launch of his NZ SailGP team in April and the Tokyo Olympics in August.

This Thursday 26 November, Burling will receive the Magnus Olsson Prize 2020 via a virtual prize-giving event. The ceremony starts at 7pm CET.

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