VIDEO: Sunderland sailor John Robertson targets Olympic and World success

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SUNDERLAND Paralympic sailor John Robertson has one hand on a dream ticket to London 2012 – but insists he won’t be resting on his laurels despite Skandia Sail for Gold glory.

Robertson and team-mates Steve Thomas and Hannah Stodel took the honours in the sonar class at Weymouth, wrapping up the ISAF World Cup title in the process.

John Robertson (centre) with team-mates Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas.

John Robertson (centre) with team-mates Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas.

Weymouth will also host the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships next month, with Robertson desperate to get his hands on gold again.

And despite ruling the roost right now, the Sunderland Yacht Club ace admits it will count for nothing if he doesn’t back it up on Paralympic waters over the next 15 months.

“The gold medal was definitely what we came to Weymouth to get and to get the nomination for the Games in the process was the main priority,” said Robertson, 39, paralysed from the chest down after a motor bike accident in 1994.

“It shows we are getting there, but there is obviously still a lot to work to do and we won’t stop, turning our attention quickly to the World Championships back in Weymouth in a month.

“That is obviously our next qualifying event and to win the Worlds would be a brilliant thing to do again, especially since it is once again at the London 2012 venue.

“While we are delighted to have won Sail for Gold, we have our sights set on more gold medals.”

Robertson is no stranger to the top step of the podium, having reached it at both the 2005 and 2006 World Championships.

But the Wearsider has found the Paralympic podium just out of his reach, finishing sixth in 2004 and 2008, something he is eager to change in London next summer.

“The other boats are going to be all over us for sure and we have to try to eliminate the few errors we made,” he added. “This is a good job done but only half a job really as we know it is far from over and I want to be on the podium at Weymouth at the Games.”

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