Michael Blackburn (sailor)
Michael Blackburn (born 27 May 1970 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian Olympic medallist and sailor. He is well known for his crossing of Bass Strait in a Laser dinghy. He did so on 9 March 2005 in a record time (for sailing) of 13 hours 1 minute.
Blackburn also won the 2006 Laser World Championships in Jeju, Korea. He placed 9th at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He won a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He was coach of Australian Olympic Gold medalist Tom Slingsby in the Laser class at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He followed this by coaching Tom Burton to gold in the Laser class at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Outside of sailing, Blackburn has a PhD in Human Movement Studies. He is also a founder of SportsMindSkills.com which sells downloadable sports psychology products. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
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