Paris Olympics 2024 (Team GB): Meet Sailor Freya Black

At the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, Freya Black of the British Sailing Team will be competing in the 49erFX class. In the women’s boat (49erFX) category, Irish sailor Saskia Tidey will be paired with Tunbridge Wells athlete Black.

Since she began sailing at the age of nine, she has won numerous junior national and European championships.

Freya Black Qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics

At the 2024 Olympic test event, British sailor Freya Black believes she and skipper Saskia Tidey have what it takes to reach the medal stand in Paris next summer.

The 22-year-old crew finished in seventh place sailing with two-time Olympian Tidey in the women’s high-performance 49erFX skiff event held recently on the sailing venue for the next Olympics.

“365 days is enough time to push into the medals for next year and that’s what we’re excited for,”

she said after the Marseille test event.

After competing at the 2024 Olympic test sailing event, British sailor Freya Black is confident she and partner Saskia Tidey can finish on the medal stand at next year’s Paris Olympics.

The 22-year-old Black took seventh place with two-time Olympian Tidey in the high-performance 49erFX skiff class at the recent event held in Marseille. Though they missed some chances to score points earlier in the week, the duo’s strong result in the final medal round has Black believing they displayed the skill to beat the world’s best crews when it matters most. Despite teaming up just 18 months ago, Black feels the pair showed promising speed and boat handling technique tactical awareness during racing in the waters where the Paris Olympics will take place.

Freya Black’s Early Years with Her Sisters

Freya Black was born on May 22, 2001, in Redhill, Surrey England. She discovered her passion for sailing at a young age, learning the sport alongside her two older sisters Issy and Harriet Black.

Freya Black Sisters
Image: Freya Black with her Sisters at Christmas (Source: Freya’s Instagram)

Freya was enrolled in university studies at Exeter but chose to take a leave of absence to concentrate her efforts on making the Olympics for the first time. She plans to resume her education after competing in the 2024 Paris Games.

Freya Black Sailing Career

Freya started her career From a young age

She began sailing at 9 years old and quickly began accumulating honors by winning multiple national and European junior championships.

Also Read: Family Life of Saskia Tidey, Team Britain Sailor for Paris Olympics

Over the years, Freya secured several top finishes in competitions including the RYA Eric Twiname Championships, RS Feva UK Nationals, RYA South East Zone Championships, Feva Inlands, 29er Euros Bronze, 29erUKtook event, and 29er Girls Youth World Championships. Some of her best results consisted of 1st place in 2012, 5th place in the Silver Fleet in 2013, back-to-back 1st and 2nd place finishes in 2014 and 2015, and top 10 rankings in the 29er Euros and Youth Worlds events.

Freya Black Professional Career

Freya achieved great success sailing in the highly competitive 29er class. In 2018, she won the title of Ladies European Champion, demonstrating top-level athletic abilities and strategic sailing skills.

The next year, in the 2019 29er European Championships, Freya secured an impressive 2nd place finish and won the Silver Medal. This showcased her elite boat-handling talents and ability to tactically navigate courses.

She added to her resume by capturing the national championship in the 29er Youth division in 2019. This victory cemented her status as one of the top young sailing talents in the world.

Because sailing officials recognized Freya’s huge potential and nonstop dedication, she gathered the Most Promising Athlete award from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) in 2021.

Teaming up with veteran Olympic sailor Saskia Tidey, Freya scored a 5th-place result at the 2023 World Sailing Championships. This qualified them to compete together in the upcoming 2024 Olympics.

The skilled duo now eagerly awaits the chance to make their Olympic debut on home waters in Marseille during next summer’s Paris Games.