Annie LUSH and Lucy MACGREGOR join Team Shirley Robertson to campaign for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, with Volvo as their principle sponsor, along with the Isle of Wight Economic Partnership and BT as supporting partners.
Together with her crew ROBERTSON will be going for a third gold in Beijing, which would make her the greatest British female Olympian of all time. Sydney ROBERTSON took gold medal in the Europe, whilst two years ago she became Olympic Champion for the second time, this time in the Yngling.
LUSH, 26, from Poole in Dorset has an impressive sailing pedigree. She won the ISAF Women's World Match Race Championship title as crew for Sally BARKOW (USA), and is also two times winner of the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship.
LUSH started sailing as a child but became heavily involved in rowing with Cambridge University, receiving a Woman's Blue in 2001 for winning the Woman's Boat Race. She hit a 'rowing versus sailing' crossroad during her last year at Cambridge, choosing sailing believing she was too small for rowing and wanted the greater intellectual challenge of sailing.
MACGREGOR, 19 also from Poole in Dorset is a product of the RYA Youth Squad, competing in Mirrors, 420's and 470's internationally. MACGREGOR gained her place on the Yngling having beaten off stiff competition in what was dubbed the 'Yngling X-Factor' last October.
ROBERTSON comments, 'Annie and I embarked on our own 'X Factor' competition to find our bow girl. Despite her age, Lucy was the immediate and obvious choice. She has a huge amount of natural talent and a completely unflappable nature. Her thirst for knowledge and her desire to be the best is infectious and it won't be long before she's telling me what to do!'