After a hugely challenging and rewarding fourteen months for Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle in the 49erFX class, it was decided after the summer that their Olympic medal goal was no longer realistic, and the campaign has now come to an end.
Annalise Murphy, a two time Olympian (finishing 4th and 2nd respectively), reflected on the summer performances and in consultation with stakeholders decided against continuing in the 49erFX. Katie Tingle, who has given 100% to the campaign understands Annalise’s viewpoint but is nevertheless disappointed that the campaign is ending. Commenting on the situation Katie Tingle said “of course I’m disappointed. I’ve had a roller coaster fourteen months having jumped straight in at the deep end of high performance sport. It’s been incredible seeing how hard everyone works for their goal and the support that goes around it, I’ll miss my teammates and all the support staff.”
Annalise and Katie are lifelong friends and the decision was not made lightly. Annalise Murphy said “I guess the World Cup in Japan was a bit of a wakeup call for me, I was unable to see a medal in less than twelve months and that was always the goal. Katie has been incredibly understanding in what is clearly a difficult situation. I’ve learned so much from her over the last fourteen months and am glad our friendship has grown from this shared experience.”
Annalise Murphy is now going to take some time to consider her next steps. With the Laser Radial qualified for an Irish place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics it would seem very likely that she will be back on the water soon.
Irish Sailing Performance Director James O’Callaghan commented, “the Irish Sailing 49erFX project has benefitted the whole team, to have people as positive as Annalise and Katie in the programme has inspired the other teams. We now have a second FX campaign in its infancy so their legacy will continue. Katie took the opportunity to explore her potential to follow her dream, she made the most of the chance and I hope can look back fondly on the experience.”