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Paul Goodison - Sailing

Paul Goodison - Sailing

Born November 29, 1977 in Brinsworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, Paul Martin Goodison is an English sailor whose specialty is racing the International Laser Class sailboat. Paul has earned quite a reputation as a world-class sailor, wining world championships, Olympic gold, and perhaps most important, the lifelong adoration of his home nation.

Goodison was destined for sailing. While only a small child, his father used to take him out on the open water, where Paul not only learned to sail, but also excelled at it. Apart from other hobbies of Goodison, like windsurfing and kiteboarding, sailing is his first passion – and his impressive trophy case stands as a testament to just how good he is at it.

Sporting Career

When it comes to sailing in the Laser dinghy class, they do not come any better than Paul Goodison. Paul is currently the reigning Olympic Gold medalist in the Men’s Laser class (Beijing, 2008), and he is hoping to repeat in London in the summer of 2012. Goodison also won gold in the World Championships in 2009, and he has also won major European and British Champion events.

For the men’s single handed dinghy competitions in the Olympics, there are only two. And while these competitions might not attract the same fervor as basketball, volleyball and even some swimming events, the sailing community is still quite large and always on the edge of its collective seat when Goodison sails. The second single handed event, the Finn dinghy, is raced by Goodison’s mentor and close friend, Ben Ainslie.

Paul decided to make his mark on the sporting world in 2000, when he traveled to Sydney to participate in the Olympics as Ainslie’s training partner. Seeing the type of notoriety gained from participating in such an esteemed and beloved event, Goodison became determined to wear his country’s colors in future Olympic Games. In 2004, Paul sought to make his dreams a reality, but lack of competition experience caused him to miss out on winning a bronze in Athens, ultimately finishing fourth.

More determined than ever, Goodison trained feverishly and, in 2006, had a record-breaking year while collecting one silver and four gold medals. After winning the pre-Olympic events in his class, Paul was selected to represent Great Britain in 2008 – the rest, as they say, is history.

Still a young man, 2012’s Games will be far from the last Paul participates in. He has the potential to win gold for many years to come, and do not count him out of the World Championships either.

Career Highlights

  • 2008 Beijing Olympics – Gold medal
  • Winner – 2009 Laser World Championships
  • 2011 Princess Sofia Trofeo – Gold medal
  • 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold – Bronze medal
  • 2011 ISAF Worlds – 5th place

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