OLYMPICS: Every girlfriend loves a sailor!

Soothing embrace: Rotherham's Paul Goodison kisses girlfriend Saskia Clark before taking to the water in Weymouth at the Olympics yesterday
Soothing embrace: Rotherham's Paul Goodison kisses girlfriend Saskia Clark before taking to the water in Weymouth at the Olympics yesterday
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PAUL Goodison said some “northern grit” was required to help him overcome a back injury.

The reigning Laser gold medallist had looked in danger yesterday when the problem picked up in the second race of London 2012 worsened.

The Sheffield-born, Rotherham-raised sailor posted fourth and ninth-place finishes, meaning he ended Yorkshire Day sixth in the fleet.

Goodison said: “We’re at the halfway stage now, with four more races and the medal race to go.

“You’ve got to give yourself every chance.

“A bit of northern grit is what I needed and I’m sure that is what helped me through today.”

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