Stevie bids for Olympic gold

PUBLISHED: 15:31 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1: AN Exmouth-based sailor, who used to be petrified of water, is going for gold in the Beijing Olympics. Stevie Morrison and partner Ben Rhodes say winning a gold medal would mean 'everything'. Stevie, whose father Phil runs an Exmouth boat building busine

AN Exmouth-based sailor, who used to be petrified of water, is going for gold in the Beijing Olympics. Stevie Morrison and partner Ben Rhodes say winning a gold medal would mean 'everything'.Stevie, whose father Phil runs an Exmouth boat building business with Spud Rowsell, will sail in the 49er class and hopes to clinch an Olympic medal to round off a set of major championships.Stevie said: "Ben and I have been world champions, European champions and national champions."We've won basically everything else there is to win other than an Olympic medal and that gold means everything," said Stevie. Salt water might run through Stevie's veins but his father, Phil - who began sailing aged 14 with Pevensey Sailing Club, in Sussex - said it wasn't always the case for the Olympian."He didn't like the water at first. For many years he wouldn't go in at all. He won't like me saying it, but he was petrified," said the proud dad."When we moved to Exmouth some of the lads started mucking around in canoes in the creek behind the workshop. He got bolder and bolder and, blow me down, he wanted to start racing Cadets and never looked back. Now he goes white-water kayaking."I'm amazed he's got a competitive edge that I haven't got. I only helped making sure he had competitive boats, but this was on a loan basis. "He went out, got a proper job, worked at it and got there slowly with his sailing."I'm proud he's done it himself.

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