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GBR completes its sailing line-up for 2012 Games

The British sailing line-up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been completed today (Wednesday 9 May) with the announcement of sailor selections in the Laser Radial, 49er and 2.4mR events.

The British Olympic Association has confirmed the RYA’s nominations of Alison Young, who will make her Olympic debut in the Laser Radial event, and Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes who gain their second Olympic Games call-up in the 49er class, while Helena Lucas, below, joins the Paralympics GB ranks in the one-person 2.4mR event.

These four sailors complete the full complement of 16 sailors to compete across ten events on the Olympic sailing programme (29 July-11 August), and six sailors across three events at the Paralympic sailing competition (1-6 September), which will be held in Weymouth and Portland, where the final British selections were unveiled today.

Team GB sailors for 2012:

  • Ben Ainslie – Finn
  • Paul Goodison – Laser
  • Alison Young – Laser Radial
  • Bryony Shaw – RS:X Women
  • Nick Dempsey – RS:X Men
  • Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark – 470 Women
  • Luke Patience & Stuart Bithell – 470 Men
  • Stevie Morrison & Ben Rhodes – 49er
  • Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson – Star
  • Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush & Kate Macgregor – Women’s Match Racing

Paralympics GB sailors for 2012:

  • Helena Lucas – 2.4mR
  • Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell – SKUD
  • John Robertson, Hannah Stodel & Steve Thomas – Sonar

Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager and Sailing Team Leader for the 2012 Games said:

“We’ve now got 13 teams in the 13 events – Olympic and Paralympic – and as we go into the Games, I can honestly say hand on heart that we’ve got people who’ve got potential to medal in every single event – we’ve never had that before. That doesn’t mean to say that we’ll medal in every event – far from it – but in terms of preparing a good team the sailors have done an incredible job to date. Having teams selected at this stage provides us with an opportunity for them to pull together to bond as a group and really allow that to add an extra dimension to their preparation in the last weeks up until the Games.”

“Stevie and Ben are obviously past Olympians and they have been World Championship medallists. They were unfortunate at the World Championship in Perth that through injury they weren’t able to take part. They had a great Sail for Gold Regatta on the Olympic field last summer where they medalled, and they just missed out on the medals at the Olympic Test Event. We’re confident that with the experience they’ve got and a home venue track record, they’ll be able to pull it all together and really deliver when it counts.”

“With Ali Young in the Laser Radial it was a tough decision, as they all are, but as she’s been the more consistent of our performers across the trials events. Certainly in the stronger wind events she’s one of the fastest and most consistent sailors in the world and that didn’t go unnoticed by the Selection Committee. Again we wanted to give Ali the confidence of a selection at this stage so that she and her coach Hugh Styles can really begin to focus on the Games and build her game and her focus on the local venue.”

“Helena will be a double Paralympian, so she’s got that Paralympic experience under her belt now and has worked tirelessly within the 2.4mR, which is the most competitive of the Paralympic events, to get herself to be a consistent podium performer and to be challenging particularly the Dutch and the French who are, if you like, the incumbents on the podium. She’s managed to do that successfully recently – she was unfortunate to miss out on a podium position at the World Championships in 2012 but she did succeed in 2011 and indeed she’s won two medals at the last two World Cup regattas so I’m confident that she is on track and will deliver a great performance on what is her home waters here in Weymouth and Portland later this summer.”

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