Sarah Gosling looks ahead to European Youth Olympic Festival
June 3, 2013 17:00 pm
Congratulations on being appointed Chef de Mission for Team GB for the upcoming European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. How does it feel?
It is a real honour to be asked to perform such a role and going to Utrecht will be a great moment for me. I have a lot of experience having competed at two Olympic Games and hopefully the team can be successful.
Did you ever expect your path after that second gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics would lead to you taking the role?
I am not sure I did but I have kept myself in and around sport and it is a great opportunity to lead a team of young, aspiring Olympians at a major event. For some this will be their first taste of competing at such a scale and any impact I can have will be great.
How important is the Festival then for those who will be selected onto Team GB?
It is very important. This is the first step towards the Olympic Games for many of the athletes that get selected. They may have experienced international competitions before but this is a multi-sport international event and the opportunity will be great.
And how important is it for those on the team to have a double Olympic gold medallist as their Chef de Mission?
Anything I can do to help and inspire, I will.
We’re now well into the new Olympic cycle for senior athletes for Rio 2016, how are Britain’s sailors shaping up given your experience?
There have been a lot of changes to classes for Rio 2016 and therefore partnerships, but it is an exciting time. It is great to see the Nacra 17 catamaran come into the Olympic programme and two young sailors in Eilidh McIntyre and Sophie Weguelin have done well since being paired together in the women’s 470.
Which nation are you expecting to come to the fore in Rio?
Australia were strong in London and so were Team GB but I expect Rio to be a bit different. On their own waters I really expect Brazil to perform well. They have some great sailors and will be looking to do well.
And finally, as well as being Team GB Chef de Mission for Utrecht, you are actually a chef. Tell us about that.
Yes, that’s right. Not only am I the Team GB chef, I am a chef, a pastry chef. I have done a lot of different things since the Beijing 2008 Olympics and one of those has been cooking and I am now a pastry chef learning my skills at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.