Sarah Ayton, is one of Great Britain’s top sailors, having won gold in the Athen 2004 Olympic Games as the youngest member of Shirley Robertson’s crew. Ayton teamed up with former crew-mate Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where she won another gold medal in the Yngling sailing class. Having already received a MBE, Ayton received her OBE in the 2009 New Years Honours Ayton began sailing aged six, when she was taken sailing by a family friend at Queen Mary Sailing Club in Staines. Like many of the top Olympic Classes sailors she began sailing in an Optimist dinghy. After making the jump to the Laser Radial class, Ayton decided she wanted to start racing and from a very early age showed real talent. It wasn’t long before Ayton reached the dizzy heights of British Number one and at the age of 18 won a silver medal at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in 1998. This was Ayton’s first taste of the podium and she hasn’t looked back since.