Robertson mentally tuned in and ready for the Games

Times Series: READY FOR THE GAMES: John Robertson, centre, with crew members Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas READY FOR THE GAMES: John Robertson, centre, with crew members Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas

WHILE Weymouth could throw up all sorts of conditions during the Paralympics, John Robertson insists all will stay calm in his head with the Sunderland sailor finally feeling mentally prepared for a Games assault.

Somewhat surprisingly for a nation that can boast the greatest ever sailor in Ben Ainslie, Great Britain have never won a sailing medal at a Paralympics.

However, Robertson and his Sonar team of Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas look all set to change that this summer having won bronze and silver at the last two World Championships in January and June 2011 respectively.

The 40-year-old has also captained the boat to gold at the last two Sail for Gold Regatta on the Paralympic waters of Weymouth, however Robertson is not about to get ahead of himself.

It was a similar story of success four years ago as the trio won the test event in China only to finish sixth at Beijing 2008, the same position they had finished in Athens in 2004.

While Robertson admits the team might look the same from those campaigns, he believes they are unrecognisable when it comes to mental strength this time around.

“Heading into the London Paralympics we are confident in the way that we sail and that we can get a result,” said Robertson, who was left wheelchair bound after a motorbike accident in 1994.

“I think before heading into a Games we were not fully prepared mentally for what we going in to and that that led us to not having the results we were hoping for.

“But this time we are much further down the road now and we are fully prepared mentally to do the job and that should benefit us hugely.

“Having some success in the build up does help you head into a Games confident but this is sailing and we know we can take nothing for granted.

“There are probably six to eight teams that could win a Sonar medal and we can’t control the outcome so we will just go out there to enjoy ourselves and just focus on our own race and hopefully that will be enough.”

Weymouth has already hosted an Olympics that saw Great Britain claim one gold and four silver medals.

And despite not being around while that was going on, Robertson admits he can’t help but be inspired by it all.

“We were down in Falmouth while the Olympics was going on but we managed to watch a fair bit of it and they all managed to do really well,” he added.

“They did a fantastic job but then again they did the same in Beijing and gave us plenty to live up to out there to.

“I don’t see it as added pressure, I see it as inspiring and hopefully this time can follow suit and have some success ourselves.”

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