Sir Ben Ainslie, former pupil of Truro School and Olympic Champion revisits his old school this week to open the brand new Sports Centre.
Born in Macclesfield in 1977, Sir Ben learnt to sail at Restronguet Creek near Falmouth, Cornwall, and has pursued sailing as a passion since the age of eight. His father, Roderick Ainslie, inspired his love for the sport as the captain of a boat that took part in the first Whitbread Round the World Race, in 1973.
Sir Ben’s first international competition was aged 12 at the 1989 Optimist World Championships held in Japan, where he placed 73rd. He has gone on to become the most successful sailor in Olympic history, winning medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1996-2012, including gold at the last four. Both his gold medal winning Laser and Finn dinghies can be seen at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth.
On 19 May 2012 he became the first person to carry the Olympic torch in the UK, starting the 70-day tour of the United Kingdom at Land’s End. Sir Ben is a former pupil of Truro School and now exists as a global inspiration in the world of sailing.
A Photo gallery of the Sports Centre is available to view.