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When Andrew Saies was 12
years old he wanted two
things -- to win the Sydney
to Hobart Yacht Race and to be a
On New Year s Day this year he
had completed the dream.
The Adelaide-based SportsMed
orthopaedic surgeon skippered
Two True to handicap honours
in the 2009 blue water classic,
surviving a protest hearing from
the Tasmanian yacht She s the
Culprit, which was forced to
withdraw from the race minutes
after the Boxing Day start in
Sydney Harbour when she
suffered damage in a collision.
Last Friday, Lord Mayor
Michael Harbison held a civic
reception for the crew of Two
True, re-presenting their
Tattersalls Cup medals along with
a specially made cut-away model
of the yacht.
For most crews (bar the super-
maxis) the real race to Hobart
is for the Tattersalls Cup, which
goes to the handicap winner, not
for the Illingworth Trophy, which
goes to the line-honours winner.
"It was a great evening -- great
that all the crew and all our
supporters were able to be
involved," Mr Saies said this
"Sailing has been my main
sporting recreation since I was
a kid and, conversely, I always
wanted to get into medicine."
Orthopaedics is a perfect
fit for the skipper who said he
likes a definitive and structured
occupation. "In my specialty
it s a process of diagnosis,
recommended treatment and
measurable outcome," he said.
"It s also a field of medicine
where I can be on call, but am
able to arrange cover through my
practice partners at SportsMed if
I have a major event on.
"Everything is nicely
There have also been times
when his medical skills have been
put to good use during a race.
"We were in the Adelaide to
Port Lincoln race some years ago
when a yacht about 10 minutes
ahead of us radioed through that
one of the crew had dislocated
"I talked them through the
process of putting it back into the
joint, which they did, and then a
week later I actually operated on
Mr Harbison presented the
medals and Cruising Yacht Club
of Australia Commodore Matt
Allen presented the cut-away
model replica of Two True.
The CYC commissions two
models, one to sit permanently
in the Hall of Fame and the
other presented to the winning
"It was a nice moment topping
off a remarkable month, but
now it s time to get back to some
normality," Mr Saies said.
He is also a clinical lecturer,
Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery and Trauma, at Adelaide
University s Faculty of Health
The Australian Corporate
Lawyers Association (ACLA)
has elected Kirsten Dilena
and Andrew Lamb as
president and vice-president
of the SA Branch.
Kirsten Dilena is
an experienced South
lawyer who has practised in
both private and corporate environments.
Mr Lamb is a commercial lawyer and currently
manager of legal and corporate affairs at the
The Entrepreneurs Organization s South
Australian chapter has welcomed a new member
to its executive team.
Dannielle McBeath joins Entrepreneurs
Organization (EO) as chapter administrator. As
part of her role, Dannielle will liaise with the
Entrepreneurs Organization s board and its 40
members, as well as handling the general office
A major part of her role will be assisting
organisation of the monthly learning events, to
professionally develop and support members.
Previously working with the Adelaide Festival
Centre as its e-marketer for three years, Ms
McBeath has also held positions with Austereo
in its multimedia promotions and programming
department as well as with the Olympic Council.
Mission Australia has attracted
well-known fundraiser and events
co-ordinator, Jillian MacDonald,
to fill a key business development
role in its Adelaide office
Ms MacDonald has been
appointed corporate relationships
manager working within Mission
Australia s state headquarters.
Mission Australia is one of the nation s leading
not-for-profit community service organisations,
with more than 3000 staff and 1000 volunteers in
metropolitan and regional areas across Australia.
For nine years Mrs MacDonald was the high-profile
fundraiser and events co-ordinator for Anglicare.
The state director of Mission Australia, Jillian
Paull, said Mrs MacDonald s appointment was a
"great win" for Mission Australia.
ElectraNet s executive manager of assets and
operations Gavin Brennan has said farewell to
his colleagues and has started a new consultancy
company focussed on the electricity supply chain.
Gavin had the responsibilities of asset
management strategy, network maintenance,
provision of operational control services to network
customers, and management of the day to day
operation of the network.
Gavin s new company, called Strategic Energy
Solutions Pty Ltd, will draw on experience gained
from over 30 years in all segments of the electricity
supply chain of industries.
Electranet's farewell for
Gavin Brennan at the
General Havelock, Hutt St
1. Colleen Luck; Simon
Emms; Helen Charlie
2. Vicki Brown; Meredith
3. Ian Stirling; Gavin
Brennan; Lew Owens
4. Alistair Miller; Sue
Renner; Rontheo Van Zyk
Lord Mayor's reception
for crew of Sydney-
Hobart winner Two True
5. Lord Mayor Michael
Harbison with skipper
6. Crew member Donna
Emparo Finance Group
launches new Glynde
premises on Payneham
7. Sonya Krempel;
Andrew Dudson &
Dave Potter (Property
8. Cliff Green
Tuendemann (director of
Emparo Finance Group);
9. Josie Sarti; Daniella
Sarti (Emparo Finance
Group) and Anna Ardolino
(Di Rosa Lawyers)
Andrew Saies receives replica model of Two True from Australian CYC
Commodore Matt Allen.
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