Exmouth sailors chosen for Olympics

PUBLISHED: 10:24 14 May 2012 | UPDATED: 11:40 14 May 2012

Olympic sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes. Picture courtesy of onEdition.

Olympic sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes. Picture courtesy of onEdition.


Two Exmouth sailors say they are “massively psyched” after being chosen to sail for Team GB at this year’s Olympics.

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes will be competing in their second Olympic Games, having made their debut in Beijing in 2008, where they were disappointed to finish outside the medals.

The pair, who will be competing in the 49er class, have been sailing together since 2001, and have World and European titles to their names.

They were among the final three sailors to be named in Team GB’s 16-person squad for this summer’s sailing events in Weymouth and Portland - and are keen to avenge their defeat from four years ago.

Ben said: “We’re massively psyched – it’s a privilege to be selected for Team GB and, for us, it’s a huge chance to try to put right the mistakes we made in China.

“That’s what we’ve been motivated by for the past four years – we don’t want to go through that disappointment again.”

Stevie said: “It’s a massive honour to be selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games, and even more so for a home Olympics.

“It does feel very different this time to four years ago – we were one of the first teams to be selected for Beijing and back then we felt like we kicked the doors down and left the selectors no scope to do anything other than select us.

“That led to a lot of expectation going into the games and probably pressure on ourselves that we didn’t realise at the time was there.

“This time around things have been very different – the trials have been a lot closer, but we always believed that we were the best team to deliver gold in Weymouth in 2012 and our track record in the venue over recent years supports that.

“We’ve learnt a lot about our sailing, about the Olympics and about ourselves since Beijing, which we feel will put us in much better place to do the business at these games.”

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