Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles
James Dodd - Sailing
James Dodd has recently qualified to represent Team GBR at the 420 World Championships in Neuseidl am See, Austria.
SHIOW: What are your most notable achievements?
JD: Coming first at the End of Season Championships in 2011, also I have recently qualified to represent Team GBR at the 420 World Championships in Neuseidl am See, Austria this July. I qualified after a race series over 3 events. It was great to qualify and I’m looking forward to being part of the British team racing against sailors from all corners of the globe including Australia, Brazil, India, Chile as well as the European countries.
SHIOW: What has been your biggest challenge?
JD: Racing in -8c at the End of Season Championships in 2010 because it was very hard to set the boat up when everything is frozen, it was hard staying warm when racing and between races and difficult to make the right decisions consistently.
SHIOW: What is your favourite sporting moment?
JD: Watching Arsenal beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in 2010. It was a special moment as Barcelona are currently one of the best club teams of all time and being there made it even better.
SHIOW: What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?
JD: Set achievable goals at the start of the season and review them regularly.
SHIOW: Who is your sporting hero?
JD: Thierry Henry - Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer and outstanding player.
SHIOW: Who has most influenced your success?
JD: My parents due to the amount of time and support they have put into my sport.
SHIOW: What 10 words best describe you?
JD: Fun, dedicated, prepared, keen to learn, passionate, focused, easy going.
SHIOW: The 7 Olympic and Paralympic values are respect, excellence, friendship, courage, inspiration, dedication and equality. What do these words mean to you?JD: Respect your competitors, and everyone involved in the event.
Excellence is about always trying to achieve the best performance possible.
Friendship - you meet new friends through sport which will be friends for life.
Courage - never give up.
Inspiration- take inspiration from others and, inspire people.
Dedication - try you’re hardest and put something into the sport.
Equality - people should all be able to able to compete on a fair playing field, no matter what age, race, sex, ability or with a disability.
Sports Development Officer (Performance)