The Mange Olsson Foundation has today announced Grant Dalton as the winner of its prestigious award. The Magnus Olsson Prize is given annually to an individual who has made an indelible contribution to the world of sailing and previous recipients include Torben Grael, Ben Ainslie, Stan Honey and Santiago Lange.
On Wednesday, the annual scholarships awarded by Mange Olsson's Memorial Fund were presented at a ceremony at Nya Djurgårdsvarvet in Stockholm.
Santiago “Santi” Lange, the Argentinian sailor and Olympic Gold medallist, has been awarded the 2017 Magnus 'Mange' Olsson Prize. The 55-year old sailor won the gold medal in the Nacra 17 class in Rio 2016.
His passion for the sport, the sea, his wish to continue to learn and improve, and the constant smile on his face are reminiscent of Magnus.
Last year Lovisa Karlsson and Emil Järudd, two young talented Swedish sailors, received the 2015 Mange Olsson Memorial Fund scholarship. In addition to a financial grant, the scholarship also included a visit to the four-time Olympic gold medalist and America’s Cup challenger, Ben Ainslie in Portsmouth, UK. The visit, that took place in early June, will become a life time memory for the young sailors.
The American sailor and navigator, Stan Honey, has been awarded the 2016 Magnus 'Mange' Olsson Prize. As a navigator Stan Honey achieved tremendous success and holds a unique position in the sailing world. But above all, as a positive person and great team player much appreciated by everyone, he is not unlike Magnus Olsson.
British sailor Ben Ainslie has been awarded the Magnus 'Mange' Olsson Prize for his long and successful career in sailing. Ainslie, one of the best sailors ever, will be the second international sailor to receive the Prize, which will be awarded at a Ceremony in Gothenburg on June 26.
This year’s international winner, Torben Grael (BRA), is 53 years old and has won five Olympic medals (Gold Athens 2004, Gold Atlanta 1996, Silver Los Angeles 1984, Bronze Sydney 2000 and Bronze Seoul 1988). He won the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race as skipper of Ericsson 4 and he has also won with Prada Luna Rossa the Louis Vuitton Cup (Challenger Series for the America's Cup).