Sport-by-sport - Sailing
|Chief Executive||Sarah Treseder|
|Performance Director||John Derbyshire|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£22,942,700|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Gold, 4 Silver|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||70|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Gold (4) - Ben Ainslie (finn), Sarah Ayton / Sarah Webb / Pippa Wilson (yngling), Paul Goodison (laser), Ian Percy / Andrew Simpson (star); Silver (1) - Nick Rogers / Joe Glanfield (470); Bronze (1) - Bryony Shaw (RS: X|
|Press Officer||Lindsey Bell|
|Press Officer tel||02380 604 216 / 07900 570 530|
|National governing body||Royal Yachting Association|
“It's largely thanks to support of those that play The National Lottery that athletes like myself have had the best possible chances at winning Olympic medals for Great Britain.”
Three-time Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie
Sailing has been a consistent medal performer in recent major events, including the Beijing Olympic Games, where the team delivered four gold medals (Finn, Star, Laser and Yngling), a silver (Men’s 470) and a bronze (Women’s RS:X windsurfing).
The current cohort of experienced athletes boasts nearly 40 sailors who have been on the UK Sport supported World Class Performance Programme since before Beijing.
Receiving in excess of £20million investment for the London cycle (2009-13), sailing has also worked closely with a number of UK Sport teams to ensure they are best prepared to deliver continued success from their base, the Olympic venue at Weymouth and Portland.
UK Sport’s Research and Innovation (R&I) team has worked with sailing and a number of key partners from the commercial sector, including BAE Systems and McLaren on devising solutions and providing competitive edge interventions around weather forecasting.
UK Sport’s coaching team has worked in partnership with the RYA to develop the Podium Coaches Programme, with particular support being provided to coaches working at the performance end of the sport and to improve long-term coaching development pathways.
UK Sport’s Major Events team has worked with the RYA on an ambitious major events strategy for the period 2007-2012, with the staging of one annual multi class event and one single class world championships throughout the period. Events have been staged across the UK, in Phwelli, Wales, Largs, Scotland and at the Olympic venue of Weymouth and Portland, providing British sailors with unique preparation opportunities for London 2012.
Senior members of the performance team have been supported in their development through the International Leadership Programme, with additional investment to help build international engagement and influence, and there will also be a significant number of British NTOs and ITOs officiating at London 2012 as a result of development through the cycle.
Did You Know?
Ben Ainslie will be going for his fourth consecutive gold medal in the Finn Class – a class in which he is defending World Champion, but also in which Britain boasts World Champions from 2011 (Giles Scott) and 2010 (Ed Wright)
*Accurate as of May 2012