SailGP Signs KPMG Australia As Presenting Partner
November 3, 2021
SailGP has announced a new partnership with KPMG Australia, which sees the leading professional service firm become Presenting Partner of the Australia Sail Grand Prix I Sydney. The international racing event will take place on December 17-18 on Sydney Harbour.
One of the first major events to return to New South Wales and Australia, since the onset of the pandemic, the partnership is yet another exciting announcement off the back of Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team winning the Spain Sail Grand Prix in spectacular fashion last month. Slingsby’s Australia team heads into its home event at the top of the SailGP Season 2 leaderboard.
SailGP CEO Russell Coutts said: “SailGP is thrilled to bring SailGP back to Sydney Harbour in December. We are grateful to the Australian government for working with us to allow this event to proceed, especially with the defending champions hosting their home event in Sydney. It’s going to be a fantastic two days of racing and we are looking forward to seeing thousands of fans come out to experience and enjoy the most exciting racing on water.”
KPMG National Managing Partner for Client Experience & Brand Amanda Hicks said: “Sponsoring the world class SailGP, a climate positive sport, brings together our commitment to economic recovery, the wellbeing of our planet and our people. The joy of being out of lockdown and once again being able to participate in sport and society is an added bonus, especially one that aligns closely to our purpose of reducing our impact on the environment to build a more sustainable and resilient future.”
KPMG employs almost 10,000 people in Australia, providing professional services to organizations across a wide range of industry, government and civil society sectors.
With SailGP going from strength to strength in Season 2, and returning to Sydney for the third time since the league’s inception, Slingsby – CEO and driver of the Australia SailGP Team – welcomes KPMG on board which further cements SailGP’s status as a marquee event in the Australian sporting calendar.
Slingsby said: “We’re thrilled to welcome such a well-known and respected organization in KPMG Australia to the SailGP family. We’re excited to experience their excellence firsthand, and apply their expertize to elements of what we do, as we continue to represent the sport and our country with pride.
“We race against the very best sailors in the world, in these incredibly fast boats and securing KPMG as Presenting Partner reinforces the prominence of how our sport is growing. SailGP is having a huge impact in the development of a broader following for sailing both here in Australia, and overseas. We greatly appreciate KPMG’s involvement in the Australia Sail Grand Prix in Sydney this December as we strive to finish on top in front of a home crowd.”