Skip to main content
Start of main content.

Bond Sportsman of the Year named World Sailor of the Year

Bond’s recently-crowned 2013 Sportsman of the Year, Mat Belcher has been named Rolex World Sailor of the Year at a ceremony in Oman overnight.

Mat, who had been nominated twice previously, is only the second Australian in history to win the prestigious global title which is bestowed upon the world’s top athlete across all disciplines of sailing.

Mat told The Daily Telegraph he was very honoured to win the title.

“When I heard my name called out, I was a little bit shocked. A little bit speechless,” Mat said.

The award tops off an extraordinary winning streak for Mat. Mat has won 17 consecutive regattas and not experienced a single loss since November 2011. He and team mate Will Ryan won a world title and were recently named Australian Sailors of the Year, and he won gold at the London Olympics in 2012.

In addition to becoming a new dad to baby Aaron just ten weeks ago, Mat is halfway through his Master’s degree in Sustainable Development at Bond, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Bond in 2009.

Mat, who is a member of the Bond Elite Sport Program (BESP) is a shining example of an elite athlete who is able to achieve both academically and on the world sporting stage whilst studying here at Bond.

More from Bond

  • In pictures: Bull Sharks rugby season launch

    Bond University Rugby launched their 2023 season with a breakfast at the Fabian Fay Clubhouse.

    Read article
  • A student's perspective on technology in elite sports

    Medical student and cricketer Benjamin Rainbird gains new insights into the use of technology in sports during a debate featuring Usman Khawaja.

    Read article
  • Surf squad goes west for Aussies showdown

    Five Bond University athletes are bound for Perth to compete in the 2023 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

    Read article
  • Bull Sharks face tough test in season opener

    The 2023 Premier Rugby season kicks off this weekend with a tough round one clash for the Bull Sharks

    Read article
  • Khawaja puts Stern defence of cricket formula to the test

    Cricket star Usman Khawaja's MBA mind challenges Professor Steven Stern's defence of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

    Read article
Previous Next