Bryony Shaw

Date of birth: April 28, 1983
Birth place: Wandsworth, London
Home town: Weymouth, Dorset / Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Bryony Shaw first tried her hand at windsurfing aged nine during a family holiday in the south of France – and was instantly hooked. There started a love affair that would see her rise rapidly through the ranks, winning her first national title aged 16.

Turning professional aged just 18, Shaw caught the attention of the British Sailing Team, and by 19 was regularly placing in the top ten in the world at international regattas. At the age of 23, Shaw won the Pre-Olympic regatta in Beijing in 2007.

Shaw became the first – and, to date, the only – British woman to win an Olympic windsurfing medal when she claimed bronze at Beijing 2008. Shaw went on to represent Team GB at London 2012 and Rio 2016, finishing seventh and fifth respectively.

In January 2017 Shaw announced she was stepping back from the Olympic circuit to welcome her first child into the world. Her son Jaddek was born in May 2017 – and in January 2018 new mum Shaw returned to racing with Tokyo 2020 gold in her sights.