Tessa Parkinson

1986 –

Western Australians, Tessa Parkinson and Elise Rechichi had sailed together for four years prior to Beijing 2008. In a 2006 Olympic test event in China, Rechichi contracted a virulent virus from contact with the polluted waters and was laid low for almost a year, losing 20 percent of her body weight in the process. Hampered by equipment failure, they finished eighteenth in the 470s at the 2007 world championships in Cascais, Portugal. That world championship was the selection regatta for Beijing 2008 and their relatively lowly placing meant that they just crept into the fleet to compete for the gold medal a year later. The pair improved to third at the 2008 world championships, which gave them confidence of a competitive performance at Beijing.

At Beijing 2008, they won the gold medal from the Dutch and Brazilian crews and, emulated the feat of Jennifer Armstrong and Belinda Stowell on Sydney Harbour in 2000. On the same day in Beijing, Malcolm Page and Nathan Wilmot won the gold medal in the men’s 470 class. Victor Kovalenko coached all three Olympic champion 470 crews.

Olympic Results

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

470 - Women
Race 02 4 pts; 2nd 2 pts 2nd
Race 01 2 pts; 2nd 2 pts 2nd
Race 04 9 pts; 1st 1 pt 1st
Race 03 8 pts; 1st 4 pts 4th
Race 06 22 pts; 2nd 4 pts 4th
Race 05 18 pts; 1st 9 pts 9th
Race 07 24 pts; 1st 2 pts 2nd
Race 08 29 pts; 1st 5 pts 5th
Race 09 32 pts; 1st 3 pts 3rd
Race 10 34 pts; 1st 2 pts 2nd
Medal Race TP: 52 pts; NP: 43 pts; 1st 18 pts 9th  
Final Placing 1 / 19