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Saturday, 01 November 2014


Dr-Richard-Leslie-Aug 320                               Dr Richard Leslie

The challenge of making a racing dinghy go extremely fast isn’t far removed from the hectic pace of the emergency department in a major hospital. The two disciplines are complementary, says young medico Dr Richard Leslie, and throw down the gauntlet to both mind and body.

“It’s quite physical out on the water. The Laser is a demanding boat at an elite competitive level and sailing itself is underrated as a sport.There’s quite an intellectual component, everything from race tactics to understanding the weather and shifting wind patterns.”

“At the moment I’m doing pretty well in local training regattas. They lead up to a major summer series and after that Perth is hosting the National Championships early next year so I’m working towards those races.”

“I did well in the Nationals a few years ago in Tasmania. The professional sailors dominate the Gold Fleet division and then amateurs like me, who have real jobs and are doing it because they enjoy a challenge, sail in the Silver Series. I’ve been on the podium at the State level as well.”

ED demands
Richard’s sailing exploits are occasionally put on hold with stints in the emergency department in the Goldfields region.

“I’m currently a resident at RPH and hoping to get a place on the emergency medicine training program next year. I’ve worked in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury as well. I enjoy the pace and social nature of the ED, there’s always plenty of action.”

“I wasn’t completely convinced about medicine as a career until I started working in a hospital environment. Neither of my parents are doctors, although there’s a family connection with grandparents and uncles who practised in Albany.”

“But I’m very glad I chose this career, I love it and am very grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference.”

The professional demands of medicine can be inordinately high and, as Richard points out, it’s absolutely vital to find a circuit-breaker.

“Everyone needs something to provide a sense of balance and, for me, sailing and music do that very well. I also do triathlons, and training for those events gives me something else to focus on apart from work. To be physically fit in an ED is a good thing!”

“I’d recommend anyone to have a crack at learning to sail. South Perth Yacht Club has Open Days and basic sailing courses. People are welcome to get out on the water and try a few different classes.”

Dr-Fiona-Campbell-and-Lloyd-Lissiman-Aug 300Dr Fiona Campbell and Lloyd LissimanTaser world titles
Another Perth medico who will be scanning the ocean for wind shifts in January is Claremont GP Dr Fiona Campbell. She and her husband, Lloyd Lissiman (brother of America’s Cup crewman Skip Lissiman) are competing in the Tasar World Championships in Busselton.

Fiona and Lloyd, who scored a second place in this year’s Tasar State Championships, are on the organising committee for the Tasar Worlds.

Laser Nationals – Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, December 29-January 4; Tasar Worlds 2015 – Busselton, January 2-9