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Pippa Wilson MBE

Olympic Sailing Champion Beijing 2008

Pippa Wilson MBE is one of the UK's best female sailors. She won a team gold medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008 becoming an integral part of the top Yngling crew in the world. Already a world class 470 sailor in her own right, Pippa always had her eyes set on winning an Olympic gold medal. When S. Ayton and S. Webb offered her the opportunity to join their Yngling team campaigning for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was an opportunity she could not turn down. Having been on the podium at every major event in 2007 with the Sarah's, Pippa was well on her way to achieving her dream of Olympic gold. She was awarded an MBE in the 2008 New Years Honours List.

"Pippa Wilson is one of most successful British sailors"

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In detail

After sailing in the women's 470 class and reaching as high as the No. 5 ranking in the world, Pippa joined 2004 gold medallists S. Ayton and S. Webb on the "Yngling Girls" team in 2007. A bronze medal at their first regatta together, the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth and Portland in 2006, laid the foundations for what was to be an incredible year for the trio in 2007. They won gold at the ISAF World Championships in Cascais, as well as at the Olympic Test Event in Qingdao, giving the girls a great chance of winning gold for Team GB in Beijing.

What she offers you

At just 22, Pippa Wilson had been targeting the 2012 London Games as her first shot at gold, but didn't realize that goal would come four years sooner. She offers insights into how the team bonded so well and have become a formidable team. She is a very popular, warm and genuine athlete who knows how to handle pressure, bounce back from injury, set goals, adapt to change, work as a team and motivate.

How she presents

Pippa has a fascinating story to tell. She is modest about her own achievements, but speaks engagingly about the importance of the team, demonstrating to audiences how to achieve goals through determination and courage.


She presents in English.

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  • Olympic Gold
  • London 2012
  • Motivation
  • Sailing
  • Yngling
  • Goal Achieving


  • She and crewmates S. Ayton and S. Webb were named as the British Olympic Association's [BOA] Athletes of the Year for 2007

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