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Rio could be family affair for Dempsey

August 22, 2012 13:41 pm

Great Britain's London 2012 windsurfing silver-medallist Nick Dempsey is not ruling out the possibility of both he and his wife Sarah Ayton competing at Rio 2016 - although he admits the entire situation represents a "big call" for their family.

Having added to his Athens 2004 bronze this summer, Dempsey is now looking ahead to the next Games by experimenting with kiteboarding, the discipline set to replace windsurfing in the Olympic programme.

Meanwhile Ayton, a two-time Olympic sailing champion who retired from the sport aged 30 in 2011 to focus on being a mother, is contemplating a Rio comeback.

Dempsey says the potential is there for them to both be part of Team GB in four years' time, but has stressed nothing is certain yet and that there will be some major decisions for the couple - who have two young sons - to make from here.

Asked about the prospect of both he and his wife taking to the water in Rio, Dempsey told Press Association Sport: "There is potential for that, but there is also the potential for a lot of problems with that - we do have two kids, and to do that would require a lot of funding and a lot of sacrifices to be made.

"I'm not sure where we both stand on that. If we both do it, it will be really tough, but that will depend on what she decides to sail, how good she is at it, how much sponsorship money she can raise and whether we both want to travel around the world as a family. It is a big call."

Dempsey has already been out kiteboarding a handful of times and feels he is picking up the art well, but the 32-year-old is less sure of how good a househusband he might be.

"I think she is far better at that role than I am!" Dempsey said.

"But never say never - if she really, really wanted to do that (compete in Rio), then I would support whatever she wanted to do. But we'll see."

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