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Ageless Morrison relishing latest challenge

January 30, 2014 15:03 pm

Great Britain sailor Stevie Morrison believes age is just a number as he and new partner Chris Grube set their sights on Rio 2016.

The 35-year-old appeared at two Olympics alongside former crew member Ben Rhodes, including placing fifth at London 2012, while they became world champions together in the skiff class in 2007.

With Morrison choosing to embark on a coaching career, their 12-year relationship came to an end last October.

But the fire was still burning for Morrison, leading him to forge a new 49er partnership with Grube two months ago.

And though the pair, who finished fifth at the Sail Melbourne World Cup regatta in December,  have some way to go before finding their chemistry, Morrison insists he still has a lot to offer.

“Ben and I came to the end of a fairly natural progression,” said Morrison, who is currently competing with Grube in the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami. 

“We felt we’d given it everything we could and were at different stages in our lives – we’re both a bit older now.

“We looked into other things but I still love sailing and I still thoroughly believe that I’m good enough to compete at this level and I enjoy competing at this level. 

“You wanted to see something different, and without being rude to Twiggy (Grube), he’s different, in the nicest possible sense!   He’s six foot four and 73 or 74 kilos which is something a bit unique.

“We believe and expect that we can be the best in two and a half years.”

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