Paul Goodison - contemplating his Olympic future

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Britain's man in the Laser has turned to keelboats to find motivation
Word on the street is that Paul Goodison is retiring from Laser sailing, however when we saw him last weekend the Beijing 2008 Gold medallist refuted this. “I sailed two weeks ago in Oman in my Laser and really enjoyed it, but the motivation is not really there for me at the moment,” admits Goodison, who went out to compete at Mussanah Race Week, finishing third behind Antipodean hotshots Tom Burton and Andy Maloney. “So I think it is a good time to step away from it at the moment and try some other stuff and learn more. You have to enjoy it, otherwise you won’t put in 110%.” Over the Easter Bank Holiday Goodison was calling tactics and attempting not to get riding turns on the runners aboard Sir Keith Mills’ TP52 5°West competing at the RORC Easter Challenge. And this is not the first time we have caught him sailing on a something larger than a Laser – his first foray into keelboats was with Joe Woods’ Red team on the Melges circuit, who were trying out a Farr 400 at Key West Race Week last year. “Yes, I think I’m getting a bit older and a bit wiser!" admits Rotherham's finest. "So, yes, the Olympic stuff is a little bit on hold for now. For me, Rio is a long, long way away and if I want to be there and be on top form, then starting now is not for me. Plus I have a lot of other interesting projects going on from the RC44 to Melges 32s and Melges 20s - a nice variety of sailing. So it is not out of the question. As the Games get closer and as they establish what the trials are going to be, it is definitely something I’d