The RPP FM boys on The Locker Room program were in a state of high excitement when they grabbed the opportunity to interview local Gold medal winner in the Hobie Tiger Worlds, Robbie Lovig on Saturday’s show.
A well spoken, well composed young man humbly spoke about his Gold medal achievement with his good mate Andy Dinsdale in the recent Hobie Tiger World Championships held in Germany.
Coming into the World Championships as the underdogs, Robbie and Andy pushed their skills and experience to the limit, achieving the ultimate result. The course took approximately 45 mins to complete.
As a child, Robbie was not a ‘natural’ around water and did not gravitate towards any water sports, rather he had a go at Motocross as a means of having fun and testing his competitive nature.
When asked how he got into sailing he said, “It was a really hot day many years ago in Balnarring and I saw an old boat covered in blackberries so I decided to pull them off and go boating. Since then I’ve had a love for boats and moved onto Hobie Class sailing where my competitive streak and love for the sport took over.”
Robbie sails a Hobie Tiger 18 and will be competing this year in local regattas and The Nationals after Christmas. Some of our best Australian yachtspeople who go on to represent Australia on the world stage of yachting, start in Hobie Class sailing.
Robbie trains a crew of girls and guys who share his love and passion for the sport. If you would like to try your skill at Hobie Class sailing, contact your local yachting/boat club that supports the sport which include Frankston, Rosebud, Somers and Western Port.
His ‘words of wisdom’ to any sports person is “Back yourself, don’t listen to critics, have determination, and a healthy attitude will get you results.”
When Robbie is not training and competing in his Hobie Tiger 18 he flies planes in Darwin and hopes to become a commercial pilot some day.
In the meantime, Robbie is focused on challenging his skills further as a Hobie Tiger 18 sailor to become the most successful local competitor in the sport’s history.
If you have a local business or are an individual who would like to be involved and support Robbie’s venture and his sport, please contact him on 0417 166 529 to discuss.
Follow Robbie on his facebook page.
Keep tuned to The Locker Room every Saturday at 10.30am when presenters Neil, Darren, Vossy & Tim provide up-to-date sports news, views and interviews on 98.7 and 98.3FM Frankston.
Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Robbie Lovig, Gold medal winner in the Hobie Tiger 18 'sailed' down the corridors of the RPP FM studios on the weekend.