Kimbolton's First Olympian Donates Team GB Shirt
Sailor Ben Saxton (OK 08) hopes to inspire the next generation of sportsmen and women.
Olympic sailor Ben Saxton (OK 08) has donated his 2016 Rio Team GB shirt to his former school in a bid to inspire the next generation of sportsmen and women.
Ben, along with his twin brother Tim, joined Kimbolton in 2003. Both boys had a passion for sailing and Ben launched his career at nearby Grafham Water – making waves in youth sailing and going on to join the British Sailing Team in 2008. He is now an Olympic Class World and European Champion who finished 9th at the Rio Olympics. Ben currently campaigns a Nacra 17, with Nicola Boniface, and has ambitions for a Gold Medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
He said: “Kimbolton School is close to my heart for many reasons. Firstly, my father went there too, secondly I had a lot of fun. It allowed me to go sailing easily as it was close to Graham Water Sailing Club, which is one of the best clubs in the country - plus I could even go sailing in Games lessons.”
The 28-year-old, who returned to Cambridgeshire during the Christmas holidays to take part in the annual Grafham Grand Prix added: “I still enjoy coming back home to race at Grafham with people of all standards and backgrounds from around the country - it’s where it all started for me, and I love it!”
Ben’s framed Team GB shirt and photos will shortly be on permanent display in the Castle’s Red Room.