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SWD at Australia Day 2017

The 2017 Australian of the Year (centre) is an incredible individual whose scientific research has helped restore mobility in a quadriplegic man in Australia. Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, a biomecular scientist, was named Australian of the Year on January 25 at an event at Parliament House in Canberra for his life work researching stem cells. His research has led to world-first treatment of spinal cord injuries.

SWD’s President, Niel Burling (left), and Founder, David Pescud (right), were invited to an Australia Day function at The Lodge in Canberra, on January 26.

SWD President, Niel Burling, said, "We enjoyed meeting diplomats and dignitaries. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, a patron of SWD, and interesting people from Melbourne who have promised to help SWD further in Melbourne. We also enjoyed meeting the Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, himself, and had a wonderful chat. What an incredible man and an honour to have been there and met him and hear about his work and other Australians of the year and experience the event in Canberra yesterday."

We wish to congratulate all the winners. As we gear up for a big year, we aim emulate their "can do" spirit together with you, the unsung younger and older heroes across Australia who we are fortunate to meet when you come on board our sailing programs throughout the year.

Australia Day 2017