|Representing Great Britain|
|2004 Athens||Yngling class|
|2008 Beijing||Yngling class|
She won a gold medal in the Yngling sailing class in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, together with Shirley Robertson and Sarah Webb, and another gold medal in the Yngling sailing class in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, together with Pippa Wilson and Sarah Webb.
Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Ayton was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. She is divorced from windsurfer Nick Dempsey. Together, they have two sons Thomas-Flynn, who was born on 28 June 2009 and Oscar-Flynn George who was born on 7 March 2012.
Ayton is a patron of Meningitis UK. Ayton battled with meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in 1995, when she was aged 14. She also recently (2015) visited a small Sailing Club, Bosham, to present prizes at the racing prizegiving. She inspired many young sailors by actually going out on an Optimist with her son and sailing with the little ones.
She retains an active interest in sports, including amateur horse racing.
- "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 9.
- "Sarah Ayton: Double Olympic sailing champion to ride amateur race at Goodwood". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
- Sarah Ayton at World Sailing
- Sarah Ayton at Olympics.org.uk at the Wayback Machine (archived 2004-09-04)
- Sarah Ayton at Team GB
- Sarah Ayton at the International Olympic Committee
- "Sarah Ayton". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
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