Haven’s Rockley Park in Poole played host to Team GB’s first team announcement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games today.
Twelve athletes were named to represent Team GB in sailing at the Games with the resort, which sits just minutes from Poole Harbour.
Leading the team aiming to #rulethewaves will be Hannah Mills who is aiming to be the world’s most successful female Olympic sailor if she wins gold in Tokyo. Her previous two campaigns have seen her win silver and gold and with new crew Eilidh McIntyre she is aiming for more success. Eilidh who is going to her first Games, will be looking to emulate the success of her father Mike who won gold at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 in the Star class.
Also joining the team in Tokyo is gold medallist and multi World Champion Giles Scott who will be leading the charge in the Finn class. Giles famously won gold in Rio with a day of sailing to go and will be looking to build on that success next year.
Alison Young is entering her third Olympic games and while a medal at this level has alluded her to date, her previous success in World Championships make her one of the most feared Laser Radial sailors in the world. At the recent test event in Japan she claimed a bronze medal and will be looking to at least achieve this, if not better, next year.
Talking about the launch, Colin Archibald, Operations Director for Haven said:
“We were delighted to welcome the cream of British Sailing to Rockley Park today.”
“Our parks in Dorset have close links to sailing, particularly with the sailing at London 2012 hosted in Weymouth and we know many people who come to our parks in the area often try their hand at sailing. We love to inspire the next generation of athletes and we hope that this will encourage people to get involved in activities in the run up to the Games. Who knows where their sporting path may start?”
Mark England, Team GB Chef de Mission said:
“We have assembled a fantastic group of sailors for Tokyo 2020 and feel that this team can maintain Team GB’s run as the most successful sailing team in Olympic history.”
“Haven’s Rockley Park was the perfect venue for our announcement with its coastal backdrop and we hope that many will be inspired to try their hand at sailing in the future.”
The total list of sailors selected for Tokyo 2020 is:
Giles Scott, Ali Young, Dylan Fletcher, Stuart Bithell, Charlotte Dobson, Saskia Tidey, Hannah Mills, Eilidh McIntyre, Luke Patience, Chris Grube, Tom Squires, Emma Wilson