Kate Macgregor: 'The moment I knew I wanted to sail'

Bournemouth Echo: Kate Macgregor: 'The moment I knew I wanted to sail' Kate Macgregor: 'The moment I knew I wanted to sail'

All three of us started sailing really early because our parents did it – but it took a while to grow on me.

We probably started sailing by ourselves when we were seven, although we had been on boats as bumps.

I actually hated it when I was younger, though!

I just didn’t really like it but now I love it – so it is a bit odd. I probably started liking it when I was 15.

My mum sailed a bit with my dad, but I got into sailing mainly through my dad. We got brought up through Poole Yacht Club, but my dad also goes to Parkstone occasionally.

At Poole Yacht Club, they have training evenings every Wednesday in the summer, so we did that when we were younger. They have race evenings as well.

It is when you get into the junior national squad that you start to travel a bit more. I was probably about nine years old when I started to travel nationally for meetings, but that was with older people.

I did the Youth Olympics in Sydney in 2007. We got a gold medal there and that was when I thought that sailing was really cool and I wouldn’t mind doing it a bit more.

That was the moment when I thought this was what I wanted to do when I was older and, now, we are only a few months away from competing in a home Olympics.

We hope you keep following our progress as the Games approach.

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