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Sailors announced in GB Team

The G4S sponsored Skandia GBR sailing team today announced Ben Ainslie amongst the first athletes selected to represent Team GB at London 2012
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G4S has been a silver level sponsor of Skandia Team GBR - the British Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes since 2006 playing a vital part in supporting the world class team.

Today sailing became the first of the 26 Olympic sports to have officially selected any of its athletes to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 11 sailors revealed today at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, are competing across seven of the ten Olympic classes and represent a mix of both established Olympic medallists and first-time Olympians.

Triple Olympic gold and silver medallist Ben Ainslie heads the list of 11 athletes confirmed by the British Olympic Association as being on the startline at Weymouth and Portland for next year’s sailing events.

Iain Percy will aim for a third gold in total and a second in partnership with best friend Andrew Simpson in the Star class with whom he won the Olympic title in Beijing.

Paul Goodison will look to defend his Laser class crown on his home waters of Weymouth and Portland, while Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw will look to build on their respective Olympic bronze medals in the RS:X Men’s and Women’s windsurfing events (Dempsey, Athens 2004; Shaw, Beijing 2008).

The 2010 World Championship-winning trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor have earned the nod to race at their first Olympic Games in the Elliot 6m Women’s Match Racing event – a new event on the 2012 programme – with Lucy and Kate the first two sailing sisters ever to compete for Great Britain at the Olympics.

A whirlwind seven months after teaming up and following a string of podium finishes, Olympic debutant Hannah Mills and Beijing Olympian Saskia Clark have earned the confidence of the Royal Yachting Association selectors in the 470 Women’s event.

RYA Olympic Manager/Team GB Sailing Team Leader Stephen Park added:
“We’re delighted to be announcing the first sailing members of Team GB. All the sailors selected today have had a fantastic year of performances which has resulted in them gaining selection at an early opportunity, allowing them good time to focus their campaigns specifically on the challenges of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour in preparation for the 2012 Games.

“The mix of experience we have with the six Olympic medallists, one Olympian and four first-time Olympians provides an exciting balance that will hopefully deliver the required results in 2012 while at the same time increasing the pool of 2016 Olympic triallists.”

Selection trials are ongoing in the remaining three Olympic classes – the 470 Men, the 49er and the Laser Radial events. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for G4S sponsored athletes Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison in the 49ers class in the next round of selections, keep checking for the latest news and results.