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© Neil Hawkins

Olympic Sailor at South Staffs !


Double Olympic silver medallist Joe Glanfield provided a fascinating insight into what Britain's top athletes will going through in preparation for London 2012 when he visited South Staffordshire Sailing Club on Wednesday (25 April).

Glanfield, who with Nick Rogers won 470 class sailing silvers at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, is now coaching Skandia Team GBR's 470 women's team of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark ahead of this summer's Games and an enthralled audience listened to him talk about the highs and lows of being an Olympic athlete and also why Britain has been the world's top performing sailing nation at the last three Olympic Games.

The inspirational sailor and coach was visiting South Staffs SC in support of the club's RYA Champion Club programme, which recognises those clubs with a commitment to youth sailing and race coaching.

Glanfield's appearance was the latest Olympic-themed event South Staffs SC are hosting this year as part of ‘Sail for Gold'.


LINK to Invitation

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of GBR's sailing hero's.

Joe is a three times Olympian, double Olympic medallist, and is the coach for the Girls 470 team - Hannah Mills and Saskia Clarke, who will be going for Gold at London 2012.
Joe will give you an insight into life as an Olympic sailor - and also an insight into the preparations for London 2012, as an integral part of a team gunning for Gold.

Joe was part of the highly successful Rogers/Glanfield 470 crew, who finished fourth in the Sydney 200 Olympic Games, won silver in Athens 2004 Olympic Games and then most recently silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Glanfield was introduced to sailing by his father at the tender age of four. They both joined Exe Sailing Club, with Glanfield starting his career in a Cadet dinghy. It was not long before Glanfield developed a taste for racing and trained hard to master his dinghy sailing. His hard work paid off when, aged 14, Glanfield finished first at the Cadet under-15 Nationals and it was this win that fuelled his desire to compete at the highest level. It was not long before Glanfield became ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion and it was at this time that he met his helmsman Nick Rogers.

Glanfield and Rogers gelled almost immediately as a team and were one of the most formidable crews on the 470 circuit. After only five weeks training together, they entered the 1997 470 National Championships, which would be their first major regatta sailing together. Rogers and Glanfield surprised many seasoned 470 sailors by sailing an almost faultless regatta, finishing first.

From this point on Glanfield and Rogers decided they would not settle for second best and worked hard to maintain their high standards. With a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships, a Gold medal at the 2004 European Championships and a Silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games to name but a few results, Glanfield and Rogers were a real force on the international sailing circuit.

Neil Hawkins - 27th April 2012

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