The world of competitive sailing has a feel-good story to enjoy as 2012 winds down. Just 10 months after brain surgery following a traumatic collision during a competition, teenage sailor Tess Lloyd is back to her winning ways.
"I consider myself lucky every day now," Lloyd, 17, told Australia’s Daily Telegraph as she prepared for three days of intense racing on Sydney Harbor in the Sail Sydney regatta.
In January at a youth championship in Brisbane, a then-16-year-old Lloyd sustained a head injury when her 29er skiff was involved in a collision with a sailboarder. Lloyd was knocked unconscious and her crewmate, Lewis Duncan, held her above water until help came, saving her life.
Lloyd and crewmate Eliza Solly are chasing a spot on the Australian youth team to compete at the 2013 world championships in Cyprus. "My dream is also to go to an Olympics," she said.