Ben Hinks Sailing to Success in South Australia
by Matt Turner - Messenger Community News
BEN Hinks first experienced the open water sailing with his dad, Martin, in a keelboat aged seven.
Now he is a four-time national sailing champion and the winner of a Messenger School Sports Award.
“I’ve always liked the freedom of sailing around on the water,” Hinks, of Flagstaff Hill, says.
“Winning the award was really exciting.”
Ben, 12, took out the primary school category at the SA Sport Awards at Adelaide Oval last Friday night.
It capped a whirlwind 12 months for the Adelaide Sailing Club member, who represented Australia at the Optimist European Championship in Crotone, Italy, in July.
Ben says finishing eighth in the boy’s bronze fleet in his first international competition is the highlight of his young career.
“It was a lot tougher over there,” says Ben, who will defend his national junior title in Adelaide in January.
Australia won four sailing medals at this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Ben, a Year 6 Craigburn Primary student, says emulating his heroes is his dream.
“I’d like to be like them one day.”