Three Olympians will be inspiring the next generation and visiting schools, keeping Bart's spirit alive

Olympians Paul Goodison, Stevie Morrison and Bryony Shaw have been named as the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s first official

Ambassadors.

The trio competed alongside Andrew, who was nicknamed ‘Bart’, as members of Team GB at

the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The

Ambassadors were announced by Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show at

ExCeL yesterday, on the charity’s stand.

The trio will be supporting the work of the foundation by

inspiring the next generation. One of the activities they we be

involved with will be visiting schools to encourage children to realize

what opportunities there are in sport and what benefits there are of

getting involved in sporting activities.

The foundation will be

announcing other ambassadors and details of its plans over

the coming months.

Beijing 2008 gold medallist Laser sailor Paul Goodison said: ‘I’m delighted to be

involved in keeping Andrew’s spirit alive, he was not just a best friend

but the guy I always reached out to for help and advice. He always had

the answers and made everything so obvious that it seemed stupid to have

even questioned it.

‘I am looking forward to help support and guide

young sailors in a way that Andrew inspired and helped so many people in

his life. It’s a real honour to be involved with the foundation and

help inspire a younger generation.’

Beijing 2008 bronze medallist windsurfer Bryony Shaw said: ‘Andrew had the ability to inspire you like no one else and always

had time to give advice in his own unique way. We were paired as buddies

for London 2012 so we had each other’s back, he was always a good

listener.

‘I’m delighted to be an ambassador towards his legacy and keep

his spirit alive.’

Stevie Morrison, Olympian and 49er World Champion said: ‘Over

the course of my 49er Olympic campaigns Bart was always the go-to guy

whenever you needed some advice and input into any aspects of your

sailing.

‘A pat on the back before a big day of racing would fire you up

and send you off ready for battle. I hope by being involved with the

Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, I can just in a small way make kids

new to the sport be as excited by what it has to offer, as Bart would

always do for the Olympic team.’

Bart’s Bash

The charity is gearing up to hold Bart’s Bash on 21 September 2014, a Guinness World Record

attempt to create the largest dinghy and yacht racing event ever.

The event aims to inspire sailors of all

generations to take part.


A competition is being run to design the event’s logo and the deadline has now been extended until Friday 17 January. Please send your entries to tim@bartsbash.co.uk

The Bart’s Bash team will shortlist

their top three and put them to the public vote on www.facebook.com/bartsbash, the winner announced on 1 February.

About the charity

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is a national charity that

encourages young people to get into sailing and watersports.

Andrew

Simpson, gold and silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup

professional, tragically lost his life in a training accident in May

2013.

Inspiring the next generation was something Andrew was extremely

passionate about and so to honour his life and legacy Sir Ben Ainslie,

Iain Percy and Andrew’s wife Leah founded the charity in his name.

The first ambassadors

Bryony Shaw, aged 30, is a two-time Olympian and was the first British woman to win an

Olympic windsurfing medal when she won an emotional bronze at Beijing

2008. Sailing in the RS:X class, Shaw also has World and European

Championship medals to her name, and was the British Sailing Team and

British Olympic Association’s athlete of the year for sailing in 2013.

She is campaigning to represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympic

Games.

Stevie Morrison, aged 35, is a World and European Champion in the Olympic 49er class, and

represented Great Britain at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games with

long-term crew Ben Rhodes. Morrison’s thirst for Olympic glory

continues, and with Rhodes now having retired from Olympic campaigning,

Morrison recently teamed up with Chris Grube in a bid for British

Sailing Team skiff gold in Rio 2016.

Paul Goodison, aged 36, has represented Great Britain in the Laser class at the past

three Olympic Games, winning gold in 2008 after narrowly missing out on

the podium in Athens 2004 where he finished fourth. Injury put paid to

the Yorkshireman’s hopes of defending his title at his home Games in

2012, and since then Goodison has been taking a sabbatical from the

Laser to race in big boat campaigns including Melges 20 and 32s, RC44s

and TP52s. In 2014 he will race as part of Sir Ben Ainslie’s J.P.Morgan

BAR team in the Extreme Sailing Series.

Pictures: Olympians Sir Ben Ainslie, Stevie Morrison, Paul Goodison and Bryony Shaw on the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation stand at the London Boat Show 2014. Credit: onEdition