Alison Young has been name by the British Olympic Assoication (BOA) to represent the GB sailing team in the Laser Radial event at the Lonon 2012 Olympic Games.
She said, “I was pretty stunned when I found out, but it’s pretty cool to be selected for an Olympic Games, and for a home Games it’s even more exciting.
“There’s a lot of experience on the team, and a lot of knowledge so hopefully I’ll be able to tap into some of that experience to help me at my first Games.
“There’s a lot of work to do now that I’ve been selected to push to get into the medals, and that’s what I’m aiming to do, so that I can put in the best result I can.
“My strengths have always been in the breeze, mostly down to my fitness and now technique as well, but my light wind game is developing and my decision-making is developing as well so I’ll keep pushing those forward and hopefully the hard work in those areas will keep moving me onwards and upwards ready for the summer.”
There are a total of 16 sailors to compete across all ten events on the Olympic sailing programme at Weymouth and Portland this summer.
British sailors have established a proud tradition of excellence in Olympic competition, having won 50 medals – including 25 gold, the most of any nation – since sailing made its debut in the Olympic Games in 1900 in Paris.
The addition of the sailors brings the total number of athletes officially selected to Team GB for London 2012 to 79 across six disciplines: athletics – marathon, boxing, canoe slalom, sailing, swimming and synchronised swimming.
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine