Line Up Complete For Olympic Sailing Squad
5:12pm 10th May 2012
The British Sailing line up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics which will be held off Weymouth and Portland has now been finalised.
Portland's Alison Young will make her Olympic debut in the Laser Radial event.
Alison Young (born Bewdley, Worcs, now living Portland)
"I was pretty stunned when I found out, but it's pretty cool to be selected for an Olympic Games, and for a home Games it's even more exciting. There's a lot of experience on the team, and a lot of knowledge so hopefully I'll be able to tap into some of that experience to help me at my first Games."
"There's a lot of work to do now that I've been selected to push to get into the medals, and that's what I'm aiming to do, so that I can put in the best result I can. My strengths have always been in the breeze, mostly down to my fitness and now technique as well, but my light wind game is developing and my decision-making is developing as well so I'll keep pushing those forward and hopefully the hard work in those areas will keep moving me onwards and upwards ready for the summer.
Helena Lucas who lives in Portland also joins the Paralympic GB ranks in the one person 2.4mR vent.
"I'm really delighted to be part of the team, especially with it being a home Games it just adds that extra little bit of excitement to the whole thing."
"Home advantage will hopefully give us a little bit of a push in the right direction, and I think the support that we're going to get with it being a home Games is going to be amazing. I was disappointed in Beijing with the result, but I think I learnt some very valuable lessons which I've brought into this campaign and which hopefully will make sure I get a medal this time."
"It would be absolutely amazing to be able to win a Paralympic medal, and to be able to do it in front of family and friends and a home crowd would be something really special. I think these Games, both in terms of Paralympic sailing and the Paralympics in general , will be one of the best Paralympic Games ever just because the British support and interest in Paralympic sport has been fantastic, and the country seems to be really enthused and motivated by the athletes. We're going to have quite a special Games."