Bryony may have missed out on a medal at last week’s Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, but was just happy to end in good health with London 2012 looming on the horizon, writes Oliver Porritt.
The Wandsworth windsurfer was getting a preview of what to expect later this summer when she took to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy – the London 2012 venue – looking to build on her fourth place from March’s World Championships.
But a broken board midway through the competition meant she finished the regatta in eighth.
But, with the Games now just 43 days away, Shaw was happy it was her board that broke down and not her as she continues her come back from a chest infection.
“I had a chest infection going in to the Worlds and there was a question mark over whether I would compete or not,” she said.
“I ended up having about eight weeks where I suffered with this chest infection – it was a bit of a superbug I got from the water in Spain, so that was a bit of a setback.
“But, since then I’ve been working hard and keeping an eye on my health and now I’m a lot stronger and a lot happier with everything.
“I’m really happy with how last week went and still being inside the top 10 I was happy with that result.
“I feel like I’ve been racing to a top-three standard and am more than happy to wait until the Olympics for a medal in Weymouth.”
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