JOHN Robertson is a Sunderland sportsman at the top of his game.
The 39-year-old Paralympian was part of the British team which picked up its first medals of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, in Weymouth and Portland.
John, who served in the RAF, severely damaged his spine in a motorbike accident in 1994.
In spite of posting their worst day’s results, John and his crew – which included Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas – had done enough earlier in the week to secure gold in the three-person Sonar class.
They beat the reigning world champions from the Netherlands into second.
“It’s been a tough week – a very tough day, but we hung in there and came away with a gold,” said a relieved Hannah.
“To do well here puts us on a good footing for the World Championships next month, and it’s proved that all that training beforehand has really, really paid off.
“We’ve definitely got some stuff still to work on.
“We’ve got a new boat coming and a few things hidden, but we’ll definitely be firing for the Worlds.”