Blair Tuke

Prolific New Zealand Olympic gold medallist 49er Skiff Sailor

Blair Tuke

49er skiff sailor Blair Tuke is best known for his impressive Olympic performances, representing his country New Zealand. Branded an iconic sportsman, Blair makes up half of the greatly successful New Zealand Olympic team alongside fellow athlete Peter Burling. Having competed at and won a number of significant events, such as the Olympics and World Championships, Blair has enjoyed notable success and won the heart of the nation.

The London 2012 Olympic Games gave Blair his first chance of Olympic success, teaming with Peter Burling for the first time. The pair were the youngest team at the 2012 Olympics, impressively taking home the silver medal for New Zealand. This medal was significant for Blair, achieving his country’s 100th Olympic medal. This win was the start of a very successful winning streak for the pair, being deemed a historic purple patch.

Blair became the first sailor who won four consecutive World Championships in the 49er class. His next victory came in 2015, when he and Peter claimed the accolade of ISAF Rolex World Male Sailors of the Year, rewarding the duo’s hard work and commitment to the sport. Their impressive skill continued to develop, propelling the pair to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Here the pair broke records, claiming the most points at an Olympic games since the 1968 Olympics with their 43 point margin that saw them win their event and claim gold.

Such a performance saw the pair become steeped in accolades. At the 2016 Halberg Awards, the pair soared to victory, landing the title of New Zealand Sports Team of the Year finally claiming the title after four years of nominations. The accolades did not stop there, with 2017 marking them as New Zealand Order of Merit members in the 2017 New Years Honours.

Blair’s next significant achievement saw him compete in the race of a lifetime. He was able to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race, where he was a hopeful contestant to be the first sailor in history that would claim the esteemed Triple Crown. Unfortunately, he was unable to claim the victory and finished in the third position. In 2019 Blair overcame this loss and claimed himself another gold medal at the 2019 World Championships.

A driven and committed sportsman, Blair has continually strived for success and improvement in his much-loved sport. Born to be on the sea, Blair has consistently dealt with both pressure and adversity in order to continue to follow his dream.

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When at corporate events Blair is known to cover:

  • 49er Skiff Sailing
  • Olympic Sailing
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Training For Elite Sport
  • Becoming A Gold Medalist
  • Modern Training Techniques

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Over the course of his career, Blair has made the following achievements:

  • Olympic gold medalist in 49er Class
  • Olympic silver medalist in 49er Class
  • 2019 World Champion in 49er Class
  • 2016 World Champion in 49er Class
  • 2015 World Champion in 49er Class
  • 2014 World Champion in 49er Class
  • 2013 World Champion in 49er Class
  • 2009 World Champion in 29er Class
  • 2006 Splash World Champion
  • ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2015
  • Yachting New Zealand Sailor of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
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