2015 ORC World Championships
05 Jul 15
After a long week of light air, lengthy postponements, hot sun and even hotter competition, three ORC World Champions have endured and excelled to been crowned in Barcelona.
|© Robert Wilson/Skandia Geam GBR|
|Date of Birth||29 November 1977|
|Place of Birth||Sheffield, UK|
Paul Goodison took a break after winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games but since his return to the Laser he has been unbeatable. In April 2009 the ISAF Sailing World Cup rolled into Hyères for the fourth event, Semaine Olympique Française and Goodison staked an early claim, taking the lead on day two and consolidating to win the gold medal. Onto to Medemblik for the Delta Lloyd Regatta and then to Kieler Woche, Goodison was unstoppable, topping the podium at each of them, claiming the overall trophy in Kiel for wining every race and returning to the #1 position on the ISAF World Rankings.
Goodison then turned his attention to the Laser European Championship in Sweden and true to form was on top of the podium again, with his fifth consecutive European title. The final event to count for Goodison was the Laser Worlds in Halifax, Canada and despite the tricky conditions courtesy of Hurricane Bill and an early setback when his toe strap snapped in the opening race, he kept his cool. When the championship reached its final, decisive races in the gold fleet, Goodison blazed into the lead and his consistent results throughout the championship gave him a long awaited Laser World Championship gold medal.
1 - Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - Apr 2009
1 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2009
1 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, GER - ISAF Grade 1 - June 2009
1 - Laser European Championship, Landskrona, SWE - ISAF Grade C1 - Aug 2009
1 - Laser World Championship, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN - ISAF Grade W - Aug 2009
My parents were keen sailors before I was born and I was brought up around boats. I loved being able to get out on the water especially by myself.
A National 12 when I was 3 or 4 years.
Ulley Sailing Club
Ulley National 12 Open Meeting 1985
Olympic Gold - Beijing
London Olympic Games and America's Cup sailing
My parents have been so inspirational and supportive they have kept me going, especially after finishing fourth in Athens.
Windsurfing, kitesurfing, mountain biking and sometimes I enjoy golf!