Alison Young

Date of birth: 29 May 1987
Birth place: Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Home town: Portland, Dorset

Ali Young got into sailing on her local reservoir at an early age, joining the local Optimist class circuit.

Aged 13 she joined the national Optimist squad before moving into the Topper class and then the Laser Radial when she was 15.

In 2005 she proved her talent, winning bronze at the Youth World Championships, and soon become a fully paid-up member of the British Sailing Team.

After stepping back from racing to go to university, Young graduated in 2008 with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering.

She was one of the final sailors picked for London 2012, finishing fifth on home waters. Illness sidelined her for 10 months in late 2013 and early 2014 but she bounced back to win silver at the first Rio 2016 test event in the summer of 2014.

In the run-up to Rio, Young made history by becoming the first British woman ever to win gold at an Olympic class world championships, going on to finish eighth at her second Games.

Young remains one of the most feared and respected Laser Radial sailors in the world as she mounts her campaign for Tokyo 2020.