Mia proves girls can take the helm.

Mia proves girls can take the helm.

Tuesday 25 February

Photo Credit: JonWest.Photography

Year 11 student, Mia Lovelady is on a winning streak following her recent return from Melbourne's Summer of Sailing. 

Mia competed on the world stage in the Laser 4.7 Division across 3 regattas with a fleet of 80 sailors from countries including Great Britain, Russia, Japan, Fiji, Singapore and China. Participating in the 2020 Australian Laser Championships, 2020 Australian Youth Championships and 2020 Oceania Laser Championships.

Faced with an array of conditions from smoke hazes to cold temperatures, hot sunny days and sea breezes. Visibility was a challenge for two days of racing which was caused by smoke from the devastating bushfires in the Gippsland area. However her perseverance and endurance paid off placing first in U18 Female Australian Championship and second female overall in the 2020 Australian Laser Championships.

The second regatta 2020 Australian Youth Championships on the Mornington Peninsula proved challenging with extreme smoke haze and lack of wind forcing the cancellation of two out of the four days of racing. “I didn’t finish as highly placed as I wanted to in this competition, but I learnt a lot and it made me eager to do well in the last regatta,” Mia said.

Not to be outdone again, Mia returned to Melbourne for the 2020 Oceania Laser Championships where the weather conditions were again challenging, however through her determination and strategic performance Mia beat the whole contingent to be first placed female champion and crowned the overall 2020 Oceania Laser Champion beating the field of boys in what is typically male dominated sport.

“I still can’t believe how well I’ve done, and the support from St Hilda’s in balancing my sailing with schooling has meant that I can achieve my dreams,” Mia said.

Principal Fiona Johnston said, “In providing support to our girls’ not only in their academic life, but also in their chosen sporting field, helps contribute to their overall wellbeing. It builds their confidence, helps them manage stress and prepares them to handle failure, knowing that the next day may be when they win”.