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Ainslie-backed charity names first sailing ambassadors

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

Ainslie-backed charity names first sailing ambassadors

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Three Olympians who sailed alongside Cornwall’s Sir Ben Ainslie at the 2008 Beijiing and 2012 London Olympics have been announced as the first official ambassadors of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Announced at the London Boat Show at Excel last week, Paul Goodison, Steve Morrison and Bryony Shaw have been named as ambassadors who will support the work of The foundation founded by Sir Ben, Iain Percy and Andrew's widow Leah by helping to inspire the next generation.

One of the activities they we be involved with will be visiting schools to encourage children to realise what opportunities there are in sport and what benefits there are of getting involved in sporting activities.

Stevie Morrison, 35, is a World and European Champion in the Olympic 49er class, and represented Great Britain at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games with long-term crew Ben Rhodes; Paul Goodison, 36, has represented Great Britain in the Laser class at the past three Olympic Games, winning gold in 2008 after narrowly missing out on the podium in Athens 2004 where he finished fourth and Bryony Shaw, 30, is a two-time Olympian who was the first British woman to win an Olympic windsurfing medal when she won bronze at Beijing.

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is a national charity that encourages young people to get into sailing and watersports.

Andrew Simpson, gold and silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup professional, tragically lost his life in a training accident in May 2013.

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