Sarah Ayton

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Sarah Ayton
Medal record
Sailing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Yngling class
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Yngling class
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Cascais Yngling
Gold medal – first place 2008 Miami Yngling
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Blanes Yngling

Sarah Lianne Ayton OBE (born 9 April 1980 in Ashford, Surrey) is a former English professional sailor.

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.[1] 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. In 2015 she visited Bosham sailing club, to present prizes at the racing prizegiving.

She retains an active interest in sport, including amateur horse racing.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Sarah Ayton: Double Olympic sailing champion to ride amateur race at Goodwood". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2017.

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