Blair Tuke

2016 Olympic Gold Medallist

Andrew Blair Tuke MNZM is a New Zealand sailor who won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 49er class alongside Peter Burling. Tuke with Burling was co-captain of the New Zealand team at the 2016 Olympics. They are just the 4th New Zealand flagbearer to win a gold medal at the same Olympics. Burling and Tuke won the 2016 Olympics with two races to spare and by an overall 43 point margin – winning by the most points of any sailing class in the Olympics since 1968 (when the modern scoring system started).

They finished ahead of the second placed (Australian) boat in 11 of the 13 races, being behind by just three points in race 3 and one point in race 10. Burling and Tuke were named New Zealand sports Team of the Year at the Halberg Awards in Feb 2017. At the 2012 London Olympics, Burling and Tuke were the youngest team. Their silver medal was New Zealand’s 100th Olympic medal. Tuke and Burling are the first sailors to win four consecutive 49er class World Championships (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016).

They won all 28 of the major regattas in the 49er between the London Olympics (2012) and the Rio Olympics (2016). The only 49er regatta they did not win in the four-year period was third place at a short training regatta in July 2016. In 2013, Tuke was a member of the New Zealand team which won the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. In November 2015 the International Sailing Federation announced that Tuke and Burling were the ISAF Rolex World Male Sailors of the year.

Burling and Tuke were named as Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sailing in the New Years Honours 2017. Tuke was a member of Emirates Team New Zealand that won the 35th America’s Cup. He is sailing on Mapfre in the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race.

To book Blair Tuke as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Blair is known to cover the following topics:

  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Olympic Speaker
  • Training For Sport
  • Becoming A Gold Medalist