Lymington honours Olympic heroes

Ainslie, Wilson and Rogers receive accolades from their home club

Friday August 29th 2008, Author: Marina Johnson, Location: United Kingdom
On Wednesday evening Lymington welcomed its three Olympic Sailing Medallists home. Gold Medallists Ben Ainslie (Finn) and Pippa Wilson (Yngling), and Silver Medallist Nick Rogers (470) were welcomed by a cheering crowd as they entered the Royal Lymington Yacht Club where they are all members, to greet well-wishers and give a few tips to the youngsters training in the river.

Amid live TV transmissions and clamouring photographers the Olympic stars met dozens of children on the pontoons, who were taking part in the very successful Wednesday Junior Sailing Programme. They autographed lifejackets and even ventured down the river on the dinghies to demonstrate some of the secrets of their success to the children.

Later the trio were toasted by club members, led by Commodore Geoff Holmes who bestowed Honorary Life Membership of the Club on Nick and Pippa, along with Adrian Jardine who won Silver in 1968. Ben had already received that honour following his Gold Medal win in Sydney in 2000. A plaque was unveiled listing all the club members who have been Olympic contenders and medal winners over the years.

A message of congratulations from the club’s Patron HRH the Princess Royal was read out.

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