Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Olympic champion to present trophies

SIR BEN AINSLIE is to present the prizes at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.

Sir Ben, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, will be the guest of honour at the ceremony on Sunday.

The 37-year-old follows in the footsteps of Olympic champions including Lord Coe, Sir Chris Hoy and Dame Kelly Holmes.

Sir Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 to 2012, including gold at the last four.

He was made an MBE in 2001 after his success at the Sydney Games and awarded an OBE in 2005 following the Athens Olympics.

He was made a CBE in 2009 after the Beijing Games and was knighted last year for services to sailing.

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