Silver for Congleton’s John Gimson

Congleton’s John Gimson has won silver at the Tokyo olympics.

John Gimson had his first taste of sailing at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club in Staffordshire and soon got the racing bug.

They won the medal in the Nacra 17 sailing which made its Olympic debut at Rio 2016 this the first medal Team GB have won in the discipline.

The duo won the 2020 Nacra 17 World Championships plus silver medals at the 2019 European Championships, World Cup Final and the Olympic test event.

"It's been worth every minute but most importantly I've done it for 20 years to get here," said 38-year-old Gimson, who hails from Congleton.

"An unbelievable amount of people have helped me along the way and just for them, to say thank you, I'm glad we did it. It would have been gutting to come and not go through with it.

A lot of people have volunteered their time and money and invested in us heavily so I'm just so happy we've followed through for them.

"Twice my discipline got dropped as a class. Just as a youngster having done one cycle ready to go for my campaign for the Games and it was dropped at the start of the cycle.

"The second time I did that I'd sold my house and had literally no money and at that point I was questioning my life decisions but it was all worth it, all of it."

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