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2 November 2005, 10:03 am
ROBERTSON Back On The Olympic Trial
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Britain's Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley ROBERTSON has announced she is on the medal trail again, and will be launching Olympic campaigns for both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
On her website ROBERTSON commented…

'Its official, I'm off again on another Olympic campaign.

The Yngling is once more out of the shed, the drysuit is out of the cupboard, the Gym is becoming my second home and I'm pounding the streets of London on the sponsorship trail to make sure we have funding in place for both Beijing and ideally London 2012 as well.

It feels both exciting and a bit scary, a new crew and a new challenge. I'm thrilled to be sailing with Annie LUSH, we trained together in the build up to Athens and over the last two years I've watched her develop into a truly World class crew. In the last month alone she has won both the Yngling World Championship and the ISAF Women's World Match Race Championship sailing with America's top Yngling sailor Sally BARKOW.

We are still looking to fill the bow-girl position; one of our main goals is to run crew trials over the coming months to pick the right person before Christmas. Helping Annie and I make the decision will be Andy BEADSWORTH, a key coach in my Athens build up and an experienced Olympic campaigner.

I am excited to be starting again with a new team; the campaign already feels fresh, fun and full of energy. On the scary side, we have a lot to do, this is a minimum three year project and of course I know more than anyone all the hard work we'll have to put in and the inevitable highs and lows we will go through over the coming years. Who wouldn't find that a bit scary!

I'll keep you posted on our progress, thanks to everyone for their ongoing support and if any of you think you're the one to be abused at the front of the boat then now is your chance!'

In Athens last year ROBERTSON and her team of Sarah WEBB and Sarah AYTON sailed to impressive eleven point victory in the Yngling. Since Athens AYTON has switched to the helm position, already with notable success including a victory at the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik and seventh place at this year's Yngling Worlds.

Back in Sydney in 2000, ROBERTSON won her first Olympic gold medal in the Europe. She also competed in the Europe at the Olympics in 1996, when she finished fourth, and in 1992, when she came ninth.

ISAF (source: shirleyrobertson.com). Image, Shirley ROBERTSON will aiming to build on her success in Athens:© Ben Radford/Getty Images
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