Shirley Robertson OBE
With two Olympic gold medals to her name, Scotland’s Shirley Robertson is a trailblazer for British sailing and an inspiration to sportswomen and men everywhere.
Top of her class
Shirley was just seven when she first took to the waves near the family home in Clackmannanshire, aboard the Mirror Miracle – a dingy her dad made in the garage.
After graduating from Heriot-Watt University, she set a course for Olympic glory, eventually breaking onto the world’s most prestigious stage in Barcelona ’92, and again in Atlanta ’96.
As a new millennium dawned, Shirley took gold sailing her Europe class yacht in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House. Four years later in Athens, she led “three blondes in a boat” in the Yngling class to top the podium once again.
Shirley became the best because she dedicated absolutely everything to beating the competition, time and again.
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