Paul looks good to defend gold medal

All at sea: Paul Goodison is arguably the best boat handler in the world.          Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire
All at sea: Paul Goodison is arguably the best boat handler in the world. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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ROTHERHAM’S Olympic gold medalist Paul Goodison says next summer’s Games could be his last chance to show that he’s the best ‘pound-for-pound’ sailor in the world.

Goodison, aged 33, born in Sheffield but brought up in Brinsworth, competes in the laser class, which uses boats that are no different to what amateur or recreational sailors take to the water in.

Now living in Weymouth, Dorset, where the Olympic sailing event will take place next July and August, Goodison told The Star: “It’s a very physically demanding class. Every boat is the same. As you get older you may want to move up to a bigger boat.”

Goodison has dreams of one day sailing in the Americas Cup race, but for now is focused on defending the Olympic gold he won in Beijing.

He said: “It will be great competing at a home Olympics in front of my family. Since 2003 I have been racing in the Weymouth area. The conditions are a lot more varied than in Beijing - I have prepared for every eventuality.”

To follow Goodison’s progress at the Olympics search for Volvo Sailing at the Apple App Store.