Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coach Hacker Proud as Trophy Returns 50 Years On

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coach Hacker Proud as Trophy Returns 50 Years On

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AN EMBARRASSED, but quietly proud Charlie Hacker on the weekend was handed the Sabot Brisbane River titles trophy almost 50 years to the day he won the trophy for the SQSA River Titles.

This year's winner of the title, Lake Cootharaba's Sailing Club's youth sailor Seisia Mair, who handed the trophy to Hacker, has been under his tutelage since her early sailing days.

Hacker, who is "about 64", has been the club's junior and youth classes coach since he was 25.

He has seen plenty of talented young sailors progress from sailing on the lake to racing in national and international events.

"It was special for me and for the kids who handed it to me," Hacker said.

"These were the kids that I had been teaching and they had the trophy that I won years ago."

Hacker is back on the lake this weekend teaching the junior sailors, and their parents, how to sail.

He has an impressive average of 27 squad members each weekend.

Also this weekend, the club will host the Sabre class State Championship. …

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