Peter Burling

Prolific New Zealand Olympic and World Championship Gold Medallist

Peter Burling

Peter Burling is famed for his Olympic and World Championship performances in 49er Sailing representing New Zealand. Widely recognised as one of the most remarkable sailors of this era, Peter has earned the hearts of the nation. With an impressive tally of medals in his collection it is with no doubt that Peter is a talented and dedicated sportsman.

In his adult career, Peter has competed in a number of credible competitions. In 2008 he took to the Olympic stage for the first time, competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. These games were particularly significant for Peter, claiming the title of the youngest sailing competitor at the games and the youngest sailor to ever represent the New Zealand Olympic Team. Unfortunately, Peter failed to secure a medal position at these games, although the failure compelled him to continue training and bestowed the hope of returning to the Olympics.

That hope became a reality at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he competed in the 49er Class alongside Blair Tuke. Peter was the youngest 49er sailor at the games and impressively went on to claim silver and New Zealand’s 100th medal. Four years later the duo earned their place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with the ambition to claim gold this time. The duo was victorious, claiming the gold medal with an overall 43 point margin.

Peter was also victorious at a number of World Championships. He claimed the gold medal in 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019, the silver in 2011, 2012 and 2017 and the bronze in 2009 and 2014. Another victorious moment for Peter was claimed during the 2017 America’s Cup, claiming the title of the youngest winning helmsman in the history of America’s Cup.

In accordance with such impeccable performances in sailing, Peter has won a number of accolades in reward of his talent. He received the Yachting New Zealand Young Sailor of the Year award in 2006, 2007 and 2009 as well as the Yachting New Zealand Sailor of the Year award in 2013,2014, 2015 and 2016 alongside Blair Tuke. In 2015 he claimed the title of ISAF Rolex World Male Sailor of the Year and he also won the award in 2017 too. In the 2017 New Year Honours, he was bestowed with the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for the services he has provided to the sailing world.

As an Olympic speaker Peter is able to give insight into a unique sport, informing audiences on how to succeed in elite sport and the methods required in training for such elite competitions. Able to comment on topics such as training for elite sport, Olympic success, drive, determination and becoming a gold medallist, Peter is guaranteed to leave a lasting impact on any audience member.

To book Peter Burling for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact Champions Olympic Speakers using the contact details below.

When at corporate events Peter is known to cover the following topics:

  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Olympic Success
  • World Championship Success
  • Training For Elite Sport
  • Becoming a Gold Medallist
  • 49er Class Sailing

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

  • Olympic gold medallist in 49er Class
  • Olympic silver medallist in 49er Class
  • World Championships 8x gold medallist
  • World Championships 3x silver medallist
  • World Championships 2x bronze medallist
  • Americas Cup gold medallist
  • Volvo Ocean Race bronze medallist
  • ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year 2015 & 2017
  • Moth World Championship winner
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