Craig Monk was a member of the victorious Team New Zealand crew which successfully defended the America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000. As a grinder, Craig’s role is particularly strenuous and necessitated a rigorous training and fitness programme to sustain the relentless grinding work required during the numerous tacks of an America’s Cup race.
Craig is a popular speaker who can draw on his experiences as a crew member, professional athlete and team manager to deliver messages around teamwork, leadership, peak performance, and health.
Craig was the Sailing Team manager of BMW Oracle Racing and completed a four year campaign which included sailing in every race of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia.
He has a string of sporting achievements to his name. He was a grinder on board the victorious 'Black Magic' which won the America's Cup in San Diego in 1995; he is a double Olympian, including an Olympic Bronze Medal in Barcelona in 1992 (Finn Class); he is a double Goodwill Games representative 1990-94, including New Zealand's first and only Goodwill Games Gold Medal in St Petersberg, Russia in 1994.
Craig has won over 70 national and international sailing titles, including a record eight consecutive National titles (Finn Class).
In 1990 he was the TVNZ Young Achiever of the Year and in 1995 was in the Sporting Team of the Year and a recipient of the New Zealand Government Medal of Outstanding Achievement.
Monk is still a prominent team member for Artemis - a crew member as well as Team Manager. He has one of the longest careers in Sailing - due to his diverse skills as both an athlete and manager.
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