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Olympians gather for Emsworth clinic launch

File photo dated 28/7/12 of Iain Percy (top) and Andrew Simpson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 10, 2013. Great Britain's former Olympic champion Andrew Simpson has died after his catamaran capsized in training in San Francisco Bay ahead of the America's Cup, his team Artemis Racing have confirmed. See PA story SAILING Simpson. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire ENGPPP00120131005131523

File photo dated 28/7/12 of Iain Percy (top) and Andrew Simpson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 10, 2013. Great Britain's former Olympic champion Andrew Simpson has died after his catamaran capsized in training in San Francisco Bay ahead of the America's Cup, his team Artemis Racing have confirmed. See PA story SAILING Simpson. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire ENGPPP00120131005131523

OLYMPIC sailors and medallists are set to line up in Emsworth to launch a new sports injury clinic tonight (Thursday

Double gold medal winners Iain Percy and Sarah Ayton will join Olympic sailor Christina Bassadone at the new Chris Gordon physiotherapy and sports injury clinic on Emsworth’s Bridgefoot Path this evening (Thursday 27).

Chris Gordon, who is a physiotherapist, is also set to present a cheque to Hampshire-born Iain Percy.

The money will benefit the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation – founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Percy himself and Andrew’s wife Leah, to honour Simpson’s life by encouraging youngsters into sailing.

Andrew Simpson, Percy’s Olympic and America’s cup team-mate, died when his yacht capsized during training in 2013.

Chris Gordon, who trained at St Mary’s, Paddington, has worked with athletes for more than 20 years.

“I look forward to supporting sports people of every discipline – from the amateur triathlon participant to the county swimmer,” said Mr Gordon.

“The success of the British Olympic sailing team when Chris was working with them was in no small part due to him and his physio department,” said 
Iain Percy.

“I have no doubt his skills will be similarly appreciated in Emsworth.”

 

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