Renowned sailing coach, Victor ‘the medal maker’ Kovalenko OAM, will be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame this week at a ceremony in Sydney.

“Victor Kovalenko has altered the course of Australia’s achievement at the Olympic Games since coming to this country 20 years ago.  The impact he has had on our Olympic sailing program will be forever admired,” said the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Selection Panel on the announcement of Kovalenko’s induction.

Inductee profile


Seven Hall of Famers will be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame this Friday, 3 November 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney.

About the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

The Australian Sailing Hall of Fame (ASHoF) was established in 2017 by Australian Sailing in collaboration with the Australian National Maritime Museum.

This important initiative was established to recognise the greats of the sport of sailing – those who have inspired many and contributed so much to make the sport what it is today.  Sailing has a long and wonderful history in Australia, and has been responsible for some of the most iconic sporting moments the country has ever seen.  Recognising those who have been part of this history and acknowledging their contribution is at the heart of the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.

Nominations were considered by a highly regarded Selection Panel, which was chaired by David Tillett AM.  Mr Tillett has served as Chairman of the Jury at numerous Olympic games and America’s Cup events, in addition to serving on the World Sailing Council and Australian Sailing Board.  He was joined on the Selection Panel by Amanda Lulham, Michael Spies, Greg Johns, David Staley, Karyn Gojnich, Matthew Allen (representing the Australian Sailing Board) and Kevin Sumption (representing the Australian National Maritime Museum).

The Australian Sailing Hall of Fame will recognise those with the highest achievements in the sport.  The ASHoF acknowledges exceptional performance and contribution at the highest level, by an individual or a team, both past and present, and covers all disciplines of the sport.

Australian Sailing in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum