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Inaugural US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards

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Olympic Sailing Program Presents Inaugural US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards


USSTAG LogoPortsmouth, R.I. (January 23, 2010) –
The Olympic Sailing Program presented seven US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards to the 2009 team members who achieved excellence in the following categories in 2009: Best Individual Performance, Best Team Performance, Best Performance by a Newcomer, Best Teammate, Most Improved Fitness and Commercial Award. The awards were presented at the first annual US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) Awards Banquet Friday evening in Miami, Florida, prior to US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, the biggest Olympic and Paralympic class sailing event in North America.


“Our program and team culture are all about excellence and these awards were created to reward the team members who exemplify the work ethic we’re looking for,” said Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), the Chairman of the US Olympic Sailing Program.

Charles M. Leighton Award for Outstanding Service
Charles Leighton (Middletown, R.I.)
This award is presented to the individual who has made a significant difference in the lives of the members of the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program.

Best Performance by a Newcomer
– Andrew Campbell
(San Diego, Calif.)
This award is presented to the athlete who, over the previous twelve months, has begun Olympic or Paralympic Class competition for the first time, or switched to a new event, and achieved notable performance on the water.

Commercial Award
– Graham Biehl
(San Diego, Calif.)
This award is presented to the athlete who has made an outstanding effort in support of the commercial and sponsorship activities of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.

Most Improved Fitness
– (tie) Paige Railey
(Clearwater, Fla.) and Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.)
This award is given to the athlete who, over the previous twelve months, has made the most significant improvement to their physical fitness.

Best Teammate
– Stuart McNay
(Boston, Mass.)
This award is given to the athlete who best exemplifies what it means to be a great teammate. This athlete has demonstrated commitment, flexibility, collaboration and generosity of spirit.

Best Team Performance
– Scott Whitman
(Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (West Chester, Pa./ Boca Raton, Fla.)
This award is given to the team who, over the previous twelve months, has produced the best overall performance on the water.

Best Individual Performance
– Anna Tunnicliffe
(Plantation, Fla.)
This award is given to the athlete who, over the previous twelve months, has produced the best overall performance on the water by an individual.

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About US SAILING and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken, Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes and Group Experiential Learning. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information about US SAILING, please visit:
www.ussailing.org. For more information about the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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