Bryony Shaw: big blue board girl

Olympic windsurfer Bryony Shaw has been named British Sailing Team's Athlete of the Year.

The 30-year-old was handed the honour after claiming seven podium finishes from nine in 2013, including her first ever RS:X World Championship medal, when she took silver in Buzios, in March.

A bronze medallist at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Shaw had hoped to go even better at London 2012 last summer but a chest infection hampered her preparations as she finished seventh.

But she bounced back in style this year, following up her silver in Brazil, with gold at the Hyeres leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Brest Open Europeans and the Sail for Gold Regatta.

"It’s a complete surprise, as I thought Nick [Dempsey] would win this award, but it's fantastic!", says Shaw.

"2012 was obviously a really difficult year for me, but I'm really grateful to my coach Dom, the sports science guys, Izzy and my little training group.  We’ve got a good team there all pushing each other on and it’s really paying off with results on the water."

Shaw's coach Dom Tidey also picked up the British Sailing Team's "Golden Funnel" award for coaching excellence.

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