Vote for Lara Vadlau as Austria's Newcomer of the Year
With the winner set to be announced at the Austrian Lotteries Gala Night of Sport, Lara has enjoyed a phenomenal year since partnering up with crew Jola Ogar after the 2012 Olympics.
The pair have grown massively and developed as a team, finishing on the podium at both the 2013 470 European Championships and 2013 470 World Championships – in a staggering display of focus and commitment over the past 12 months.
Lara, the world ranked #1 helm, has notched up a string of top results this year finishing in the top 10 of each of the 9 ranked events contested, including 6 podium finishes. The Vadlau/Ogar partnership took over the World #1 spot in mid-August this year, an impressive rise from a #24 ranking only 12 months earlier.
Lara is up against two other candidates for the “Newcomer of the Year Award” – a cyclist Riccardo Zoidl and a tennis player Dominic Thiem.
After a successful career in the 420, Lara moved onto the 470 full time soon afer winning a gold medal at the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.