Growing up in the sailing-mad town of Lymington in the New Forest, it was inevitable that Nick Thompson would step into a boat at a young age.
From the age of four Thompson was a regular sight on the water, and, encouraged by his dad, soon became known on the local racing circuit.
A win at the Optimist European Championships in 1999 confirmed what everyone already knew – Thompson was a real sailing talent.
After being glued to the sailing competition at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, Thompson decided that was his goal – and 16 years later he was representing Team GB in the Laser men’s singlehanded class.
Now one of the senior members of the British Sailing Team, Thompson has been at the top of his game for more than a decade, winning two world championship titles and a host of other medals along the way.