Charlotte Mack ‘17 and her skipper Kate Shaner qualified for the Aarhus Sailing World Championships in Denmark this summer. The event was the first round of country qualifications for the 2020 Olympic games. Mack will head to Japan next month to begin her Olympic training. Olympic Trials will end in the Spring, when Mack and Shaner will know if they are able to represent the United States in Tokyo in 2020.
The pair began the summer training in windy San Francisco Bay, where they sailed with other American teams in challenging conditions.
“We made huge strides forward in both skill and confidence, and feel well prepared leading into our World Championships,” Mack wrote on the team’s website. Mack said her time at Benjamin helped prepare her for the Olympic campaign.
"Benjamin is big on being a student athlete. I was on the swim team for my time at Benjamin and this helped me learn how to balance my academic and my sailing responsibilities throughout my freshman year at University of Miami. Benjamin also taught me to seek help when I need it. All of my teachers were always so welcome to help whenever I needed it instead of asking me to face problems on my own. Benjamin also helped with my verbal and written presentation skills. We have to write a lot of letters for sponsors and we have a lot of fundraising events, so being able to write well and present myself well in front of crowds really has made a huge difference with our Olympic campaign and being able to raise money," Mack said.
Mack plans to defer her fall semester at The University of Miami while she trains and competes.
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