Our Team

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Jan has more than 27 years experience with Contender Sailcloth working within all aspects of the business. These days his main role is to concentrate on technical sales, development and customer support. Jan has built a formidable reputation on the water with a history of 17 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, including a 1st, 2nd and a 3rd handicap results, winning an Etchells Nationals in 1999 as an owner helmsman, and a laser Master World Championship in 2008.

Jan’s regular exposure to the sport ensures that he is up-to-date with the practical function of the latest products, enabling him to offer great product advice to all customers. This knowledge is also shared and enriched during boat-shows, trade-shows and international sales conferences.


Joris joined the team in July 2017, prior to that he spent 5 years in marine retail. Joris has competed in a lot of offshore racing up and down the East Coast of Australia including two Sydney to Hobart races with Jan. He studied a Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Marketing and International Business at UTS. At Contender, Joris works in sales and has an expertise in Selden hardware.


Shane has worked at Contender for eleven years as the Warehouse Manager and has a background in supply chain logistics. He has recently retired from competitive sailing but still enjoys yachting. Shane is also a car enthusiast. 


Steve joined the team at the end of 2018 and runs the plotter cutter machine. His experience is in IT, and he studied a Bachelor of Engineering at Trent University in Nottingham. Steve is an avid Laser sailor and enjoys spending time with his family. 


Emma started working at Contender in 2017 and runs the plotter cutter machine. She is studying a Bachelor of Product Design at UTS and enjoys sailing NS14s, 49ers and match racing.


Antony started working at Contender in 2018 and runs the plotter cutter machine. He enjoys sailing lasers, match racing and offshore racing. Antony is studying a Bachelor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at UTS.



Jacquie has been Contender’s bookkeeper since November 2018. She is a registered BAS agent with over 30 years experience. Jacquie enjoys travelling, catching up with family and friends, and watching her sons play soccer and touch football.



Annie started working at Contender in 2017 as an office junior. She is studying a Bachelor of Media majoring in Public Relations and Advertising at UNSW. Annie enjoys match racing and is looking to gain more offshore experience.