Shirley Robertson talks to madforsailing


The golden girl talks about her plans for 2001, and reflects on the possibility of another Olympic campaign
So how has life changed since winning gold? I seem to have become very popular! I've been asked to do everything from being painted gold for the Daily Mail, presenting an award at the World Sports Award, attending Muhammad Ali's birthday party, talks, launching boats, opening shows, hotels and a lot of charity and school work. It's been nice having the opportunity to meet so many different people and realise so many people were routing for you to do well in Sydney. At Sailboat last weekend the children were mad keen which was great to see, lots of questions, endless posters to sign! What's been the most memorable moment since returning from Sydney? Carrying the Scottish flag around Murrayfield before the start of the Scotland v Australia game. What plans have you got for this year? Everything that's happened since Sydney has been nice, but it has to be reduced and I need to have a more normal life! My fiancé Jamie has just moved from Ireland to the Isle of Wight so I plan not to be away as much. On a work front I was asked last year to become an ambassador for the Volvo RYA Youth Sailing Scheme, so I'll be attending a lot of youth events this year in my new Volvo V70! Iain Percy and myself are also working with Skandia Life Cowes Week to promote the event and sailing in general, and we'll be competing at the event. As for sailing, I'll be steering a big boat for the first time, the Swan 48 Jacobite in the Swan Europeans, Round the Island Race and America's Cup Jubilee. Then it's a Mumm 30 at the Scottish Series in May, hopefully with some of my match race crew. We'd like to do some match race events this year also, but it's

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