Stephen Churm

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Stephen Churm
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Churm
Personal information
Full name Stephen Andrew Churm
Nationality Australia
Born (1954-07-16) 16 July 1954 (age 64)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Sailing
Club Sailability Rushcutters Bay Yacht Club

Stephen Andrew Churm[1] (born 16 July 1954) is an Australian sailor. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in sailing. He did not medal at the 2012 Games.

Personal[edit]

Churm was born on 16 July 1954,[2] and is from the Sydney area[3] in New South Wales.[4] He has left-sided Klumpke palsy as a result of a torn brachial plexus during birth.[2][5]

Churm is married[6] and has three children.[4] As of 2012, he lives in Como West, New South Wales[2] and is retired.[6]

Sailing[edit]

Churm is a sailor,[2] and is a member of the Rushcutters Bay based Sailability Rushcutters Bay Yacht Club.[6] As of 2012, he had a sailing scholarship with the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[7]

Churm started sailing in 1962[2] as a seven-year-old at the Connells Point Sailing Club in the MK1 class,[1] racing for the first time at a club event in 1963.[6] He won his first race in 1966 in the Conells Point SC competition when he was in the Heron ‘Mischief’. In the Heron class at the Mrs R Woods Forward hands trophy later that year, he came in first.[1][6] He tried to qualify for the 2000 Summer Paralympics but just missed out on selection.[5] He first represented Australia in 2002 at the World Championships, where he finished seventh alongside Jonathan Harris and Zoltan Pegan in Medemblink.[1][2] At the 2003 Ransa Twilights, competing in the Sonar, he finished third in the second position. The following year, he finished twelfth in the third position.[1]

Jonathan Harris, Stephen Churm & Colin Harrison sailing at the 2012 London Paralympics

Churm competed in the 2012 IFDS World Championships in the sonar event in a boat that included Colin Harrison and Jonathan Harris.[8] It was the first time the trio had sailed together.[5] At the 2012 Dutch-hosted World Cup, he and his teammates finished third in the Sonar Paralympic class.[9] He competed in the Macquarie 2012 Access World Championships.[3][4] He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in sailing.[2] He did not medal at the 2012 Games.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Stephen Churm". Australian Sailing. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Stephen Churm". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Winners announced in single-person classes at Macquarie Access Worlds — Australian Sailing News". YACHTe.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  4. ^ a b c "BYM Sailing & Sports News". Bymnews.com. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  5. ^ a b c "Duo in Paralympic team — Local News — Sport — Olympics". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Sailor Biography". ISAF. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Stephen Churm". NSWIS. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  8. ^ "Australians move up at IFDS World Championships — Australian Sailing News". YACHTe.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-29. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Aussie sailors win three World Cup medals". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2012-07-29.