JP Tobin: no funds, no Rio | Photo: JP Tobin

New Zealand windsurfer Jon-Paul Tobin is unsure whether his name will be on the starting line of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, in Brazil.

The 38-year-old athlete says he didn't travel to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Regatta with Yachting New Zealand because he didn't have the money. As a result, he is working with the national stand-up paddleboarding team.

"It just really is training for my windsurfing, but since the team has been named I've upped the miles on the water, which is interesting, so I don't quite know what will come of it or how it goes," explained JP Tobin.

"[It] just comes down to funds. It's trying to pick and choose which regattas I'm going to get my best bang for my buck. So in this period I'm actually coaching as much as I can to get some money together."

JP Tobin is not happy with the support from Yachting New Zealand, so he hopes to get the money he needs at the 2015 ISA World Stand-Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, in Sayulita, Mexico.

"As I said, I'm in the New Zealand sailing team, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm getting support, so that's the issue right now; I have to find a way to get my campaign back on track."\

"It's just allowing me to get overseas, and that's the first priority. It allows me to get to California for a 10-day training block before I go down to Mexico," concludes Tobin.

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