Robertson ready for final medal push

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SUNDERLAND sailor John Robertson insists Paralympic glory is well and truly in his sights after topping the pile at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta last week.

The 40-year-old got a sneak peek of what to expect at London 2012 as he took to the same waters at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy looking to retain the Sonar title he won alongside Steve Thomas and Hannah Stodel.

And that is exactly what the Paralympic-bound team did, recovering from a tricky start to take the gold, two points ahead of the Dutch team.

Robertson (right) and co were handed their title two days early as severe wind meant the final two days of Paralympic racing was cancelled. But this didn’t take the shine off the win for Robertson, who is adamant they are the team to beat at London 2012.

“Gold is what we came for and we got it,” he said.

“It was a shame not to race the last two days due to weather, but that is just the way sailing is so it’s a pretty good result really and nice for September.

“We just need to keep pegging away and keep doing the same thing and our sailing is generally good all through the week so we will come good in the end.

“This was our last event full stop and we have only got another month’s training really if you put everything together.

“So a really good result to take into the Games and I think everyone is going to be trying really hard to beat us so we have just got to keep on the game really and just keep pushing hard.

“We are sailing well when we need to, when we are under pressure. Just keep banging out the races and just keep getting good results really so that is really good for the confidence.”

At Sail for Gold, Great Britain ended the three Paralympic events with two golds and silver, with preparations for London 2012 in full swing.

This country has never been able to celebrate a medal at a Paralympic Games, but Robertson is hell-bent on changing all that this summer.

“The whole squad has moved on quite a lot since Beijing and hopefully when it comes to September we will do the job for Queen and country,” he added.

“It would mean so much to all of us to win a medal at a home Games and I know I will be doing all I can to make that happen, as will the other guys in the team.”

H Investment specialist Skandia is the principal sponsor of the British sailing team. For more information go to www.skandiateamgbr.com.