Double Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ayton OBE, is an Ambassador to UKSA.
My Personal Road to Olympic Success
My parents encouraged me to believe I could achieve anything if I worked hard enough. I took a no compromise approach and from a young age, was prepared to do whatever it took to achieve my goal. By the age of 18 I had become Britain’s most successful female single-handed sailor winning Silver at the ISAF Youth World Championships. I went on to win my first Olympic Gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics with team-mates Shirley Robertson and Sarah Webb in the Yngling class.
In 2005 I was awarded an MBE and announced her 2008 Beijing Olympic campaign where I would move from the front of the boat to back and lead my team. Known as ‘three blondes in a boat’, we were on our quest for Gold.
My ambition for the run-up to the Beijing Olympics was summed up as ‘Domination’ – to arrive at the 2008 Olympics unbeaten. This was accomplished, winning two World Championships, European Championships and being ranked World Number One. And in Beijing, I became part of an exclusive group of Olympic athletes by winning Gold medals at two successive games. In 2009, I was honoured to receive an OBE.
Helping UKSA on their #SeaChange journey as an ambassador
Sarah explained; “It is a real pleasure to have been appointed an ambassador for UKSA. I am excited about sharing my values with the charity and helping them on their #SeaChange journey. UKSA uses sailing and watersports as a catalyst to help young people develop themselves and this is something I strongly believe in. I am very happy to be lending my support to such a fantastic charity.”
Sarah, who won Gold medals in Athens and Beijing games in the Yngling Women’s three person keelboat, has also competed in the Extreme Sailing Series onboard Oman Sail.