Sailor Ben Saxton to represent Great Britain at 2016 Rio Olympics

PUBLISHED: 17:03 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:03 09 March 2016

Ashwell sailor Ben Saxton will compete at the Rio Olympics

Ashwell sailor Ben Saxton will compete at the Rio Olympics

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Ashwell sailor Ben Saxton has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympics after five additional competitors were added to the squad this week.

Saxton will compete alongside Nicola Groves in the Nacra 17 mixed multihull event, an event which sees its first Olympic Games outing this time around.

The pair were crowned European champions in the same discipline last year.

Nick Dempsey, one gold medal away from becoming the most successful men’s Olympic windsurfer in history, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth make up the rest of the recruits.

Saxton said: “I’m pretty excited to do two things towards the Games, one is get a medal for Nicola and I, and the other is to support the rest of the sailing team as much as possible.

“A lot of our foreign competitors are envious of what we have got but I think we’ve a good mix, with the likes of Nick Dempsey and all of his Olympics experience, as well as some youth and enthusiasm.

“We bring our own skills so I think as a team we will be able to do something quite special in Rio.”

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