The Mange Olsson Foundation has announced Peter Burling is the 2020 winner of its prestigious Magnus Olsson Prize.
Awarded annually to an individual who has made an indelible contribution to the world of sailing, previous recipients include Torben Grael, Sir Ben Ainslie, Stan Honey, Santiago Lange, Grant Dalton and Carolijn Brouwer.
Peter Burling from Tauranga, New Zealand is by far the youngest winner of the prize. Despite his young age (29) Burling has an impressive CV with an Olympic gold and silver medal and nine World Championship titles to his name.
“It’s a great honor to be acknowledged by the Mange Olsson Memorial Foundation for this award. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet Magnus but his epic race with Ericsson 3 in the 2008-09 edition of The Ocean Race definitely inspired my Round the World path," Burling said.
As a leader, Burling continues to demonstrate his ability to skipper and manage successful world class teams in the sport of sailing. He was the 35th America's Cup champion helmsman with Emirates Team New Zealand in 2017 and watch captain and helmsman with Team Brunel in the 2017–18 edition of the Ocean Race, finishing 3 rd overall. He was named Male World Sailor of the Year at the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards in 2017. Burling and his 49er partner Blair Tuke also won the award in 2015 and were finalists in both 2014 and again in 2016.
Burling will receive the Magnus Olsson Prize 2020 via a virtual prize giving event on Thursday 26 November.
Anyone can join by clicking https://ctne.tecviz.net/maom/?2020. The ceremony starts at 7:00PM CET / 7:00AM NZST.
During the ceremony Gustav Morin, on board reporter on Ericsson 3 who managed to catch many good “Mange moments” and Frida Langenius, prominent Swedish sailor and also TVNZ legend Martin Tasker as host in Auckland, will guide us through the packed agenda. Former winners of the Mange Olsson Prize will keep us all up to date with the latest in the sailing world.
The Mange Olsson Memorial Foundation was created to continue the essence of enthusiasm, passion, and determination that Mange (Magnus) brought to the sport of sailing. In his spirit the Foundation aims to inspire and support young sailors in Sweden, as well as reward international sailors who develop our sport at both a human and a competitive level. The Foundation will also enable a network for young sailors to exchange experiences with the more established sailors. The Foundation is financially supported by companies and individuals who wish to ensure that the values that Mange embodied, continue to live on. http://mangeolssonsminnesfond.se/