OLYMPIC gold medalist Paul Goodison is among 11 sailors who are the first confirmed names in Team GB’s 550-strong squad for the 2012 Games in London.
Goodison, from Rotherham, is currently the world number one Laser sailor, European and British Champion as well as the reigning champion from the Beijing Games in 2008.
Aged 33, Goodison said he is looking forward to home advantage and competing in front of his family and friends at Weymouth and Portland.
“We spent a lot of time training out there in Weymouth and hopefully this will pay dividends next year.”
And he told his official website: “One of the biggest challenges is going to be making the most of a home games. There are going to be plenty of distractions and staying focused is going to be key.”