The British sailing line-up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been completed 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 joins the ParalympicsGB 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 Competition and six sailors across three events at the Paralympic sailing competition (1-6 September), which will be held in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain 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
ParalympicsGB sailors for 2012:
Helena Lucas - 2.4mR
Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell - SKUD
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel & Steve Thomas - Sonar
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Stevie Morrison said, "We're really happy of course - it's a massive honour to be selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games, and even more so for a home Olympics."
Whilst team mate Rhodes added, "We're massively psyched - it's a privilege to be selected for Team GB and for us it's a huge chance to try and put right the mistakes we made in China. That's what we've been motivated by for the past four years - we don't want to go through that disappointment again."
Britain Laser Radial hopeful Young 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."
And Helena Lucas concluded, "I'm really delighted to be part of the team, especially with it being a home Games it just adds that extra little bit of excitement to the whole thing. Home advantage will hopefully give us a little bit of a push in the right direction, and I think the support that we're going to get with it being a home Games is going to be amazing."
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."