Shirley Robertson – UKSA’s new ambassador

About gold medallist Shirley Robertson

Shirley Ann Robertson OBE made it in the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic Gold Medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Since winning her second gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games Shirley’s media career has blossomed. After a regular presenting spot on BBC South TV, she hosted BBC Scotland’s Sports Saturday programme standing in for John Beattie and presented BBC Grandstand.

UKSA Ambassador Shirley Robertson OBE

Why did you decide to become a UKSA ambassador?

‘UKSA really does open up people’s worlds, whether that’s just being introduced to a lifetime of passion on-the-water, or a whole new career. It makes a difference to a lot of people’s lives, and I’m proud to be part of that’.

What was life like growing up in Scotland?

I grew up in the middle of Scotland, right beside a hill, in a tiny little village. Looking back it was really boring and humdrum! But I was introduced to sailing and instantly, I got it. I loved the freedom of it and the independence. That passion really opened up the world to me.

How do you feel when you come to UKSA?

When I come to UKSA, I see that enthusiasm, I see those opportunities, I see those young people’s worlds opening up every single day – and that’s why I’m an ambassador. It’s important. It does good work here and I see that a lot – it really changes lives.

From superyachts to sailing schools, it all starts at UKSA! 

I work throughout the whole diversity of our sport from superyachts to sailing schools all over the world, I see the effect of UKSA. Everywhere I go there are young people who started here. And the catalyst for a career, for a passion, came from UKSA. To me that’s absolutely invaluable.

And not only do they provide a catalyst. This is somewhere that if you work in the superyacht industry, that you will come back to, time after time. This is the place where you come to learn.