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Gladwell's Line: Ashley on that Gold Medal Race - images and interview

The feature in this edition is a photo-essay-interview with Tom Ashley on after he won the Gold medal in the Mens RS:X event in Qingdao last August. With the passing of time, many lapse into the view that the Gold medla was as good as being in the bag before the start of the Medal Race, however in this interview, along with our on the water perspective it was far from a done deal. Read interview

J P Tobin shows that Tom Ashley is not in a class of his own, winning RS:X Champs

JP Tobin has won the New Zealand RS:X Boardsailing National Championship held at manly, north of Auckland, beating 2008 World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist, Tom Ashley. The regatta was held as part of the NZ Boardsailing Championships covering four classes and over 50 competitors from six countries.

New TV show to feature New Zealand sailing

The first New Zealand sailing program in several years will be aired on Sky TV this week. The first show includes an in-depth feature on Olympian Tom Ashley, a full preview of the upcoming Louis Vuitton Pacific series and highlights from regatta's from all over the country.

Dream-team announced to lead sailing’s Olympic medal seekers

The duo appointed to prepare the New Zealand sailing team for the London Olympic Games come with the highest possible credentials and an impressive track record:

Jez Fanstone has skippered a Volvo Ocean Race campaign and managed three Olympic programmes. But his most recent achievement, and the one he is best known for is as coach to British sailor Ben Ainslie, whose successes included Olympic Gold medals in three consecutive games.

Windsurfing features in 2008 Westpac Halberg Awards

Windsurfing nominations include: SPARC New Zealand ‘Coach of the Year’ Grant Beck (Board Sailing): Coached Tom Ashley to gold medal in the RS: X class at Beijing. Sportsman of the Year: Tom Ashley (Board Sailing): Backed up winning gold medal in the RS: X class at the Olympics in Beijing with victory in the RS: X World’s earlier in the year.

Olympic gold medallist Tom Ashley recognised in New Years Honours

Olympic gold medallist – board sailor Tom Ashley has been appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). He joins Barbara Kendall who was awarded an MBE 1992 for services to windsurfing.

Tom Ashley Olympic Gold Medallist named Singapore Airlines New Zealand Sailor of the Year

Tom Ashley, a young man described as having one of the brightest minds in the sport, has been granted the title of Singapore Airlines New Zealand Sailor of the Year. The reigning World Champion board-sailor cemented his place in yachting history when he won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics this year, sailing a near perfect regatta and final medal winning race. The 24-year-old from Auckland’s North Shore is fluent in four languages and has been sailing since the age of eight. He has won six of the ten regattas entered since 2006 and his gold medal at Qingdao was the first for New Zealand sailing since 1992. Tom’s considerable success at grand prix level was also enough to earn him finalist status in the highly prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, announced on 12 November in Madrid, Spain.

Games golden boy's feet on ground

Olympic windsurfing gold medallist Tom Ashley was in Queenstown yesterday to speak at the annual Halberg lunch. He is one of New Zealand's newest sporting heroes but Olympic gold medallist Tom Ashley likes to play things low key. In Queenstown yesterday to speak at the annual Halberg lunch with former All Black coach Alex (Grizz) Wyllie, 24-year-old Ashley said his life had changed little since he claimed the top windsurfing title in August. "A couple of people recognise me more on the street and I get a few more requests for this kind of thing but nothing has changed personally," he said.

Great achievements to be highlighted in Yachting Excellence Awards

Once a year the top echelon of New Zealand sailors are recognised for their achievements with a nomination for the Yachting Excellence Awards. These people, coming from the ranks of Olympic, America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and other great sailing disciplines, have reached the pinnacle of yachting on a national and international level, and join the likes of Sir Peter Blake, Russell Coutts, Mike Sanderson, Barbara Kendall, and Team New Zealand in our sport’s hall of fame.

Not so smooth sailing for Ashley since Olympics triumph

Olympic hero Tom Ashley has being doing it tough since his nerve-jangling sail to windsurfing gold at Qingdao a month ago. The 24-year-old is relaxing in Auckland, battling flu and a lack of motivation as he winds down from the huge effort needed to top the podium. Ashley will be travelling to Madrid for the International Federation's awards bash in early November - as one of five finalists in the sailor of the year category.

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