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Shirley Robertson

History-Making British Olympian; Two-Time Sailing Gold Medalist

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Shirley Robertson Biography

Shirley Ann Robertson OBE made it in the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic Gold Medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Born July 15, 1968 in Dundee, Shirley started sailing at the age of 7 in a Mirror Miracle dinghy that her father built from a kit in the garage of their home in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. They sailed on Loch Ard in the Trossachs. A determined child with the ability to focus and believe that you can achieve anything with hard work and by listening to those around you paid off, she quickly got the bug and her quest for an Olympic gold medal started after she graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland in 1990.

By the late 1990s she had won silver medals at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Europe Class World Championships and competed in the 1992 Barcelona Games and 1996 Atlanta Games. In 2000 Shirley proved beyond doubt that she had mastered her class by winning gold at the Millennium Olympic Games in Sydney.

In 2000 Shirley was voted ISAF World Female Sailor of the Year, she was awarded an MBE for her services to British Sailing and in 2001 Shirley married Jamie Boag.

Following her success in 2000, Shirley turned her attentions to a new challenge. In 2001 she switched to the new Yngling class and her team finished 14th at the World Championships. Over the next two years they improved rapidly, finishing third at the 2002 Olympic Test Event and winning the 2003 Pre-Olympic regatta. This new direction was rewarded with Shirley’s historical second Gold Medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic.

In 2005, Shirley took a year off Olympic sailing to focus on big boat sailing, a budding TV career and as an athlete delegate to the successful London 2012 bid, Shirley was also awarded an OBE in this year.

In January 2006 Shirley became the regular presenter for CNN "Mainsail," and later in the same year Shirley and husband Jamie Boag took on a new challenge welcoming their twins Annabelle and Killian into the world. Shirley then returned to the Olympic trail for Beijing and the quest for another gold in 2008, with new crew mates, Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor. Unfortunately, the team narrowly missed out as the Olympic choice.

Although Shirley was not competing on the water in Beijing, she still had ringside seats to all the action as she took up a new role as a BBC Olympic sailing commentator. Her role with the Olympics continues through her involvement with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Sport Advisory Group. During 2012 Shirley retained her role with LOCOG’s Sport Advisory Group throughout the London 2012 games and was once again back in her ringside seat as the BBC Olympic sailing commentator in Weymouth. Shirley will continue this role with the team during the 2013 season.

Shirley continues to present and produce CNN’s monthly sailing TV program "Mainsail" and along with speaking engagements and charity work remains an inspiration as an Olympian, TV Presenter, business woman and mother.

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Shirley Robertson Biography

Shirley Ann Robertson OBE made it in the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic Gold Medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Born July 15, 1968 in Dundee, Shirley started sailing at the age of 7 in a Mirror Miracle dinghy that her father built from a kit in the garage of their home in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. They sailed on Loch Ard in the Trossachs. A determined child with the ability to focus and believe that you can achieve anything with hard work and by listening to those around you paid off, she quickly got the bug and her quest for an Olympic gold medal started after she graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland in 1990.

By the late 1990s she had won silver medals at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Europe Class World Championships and competed in the 1992 Barcelona Games and 1996 Atlanta Games. In 2000 Shirley proved beyond doubt that she had mastered her class by winning gold at the Millennium Olympic Games in Sydney.

In 2000 Shirley was voted ISAF World Female Sailor of the Year, she was awarded an MBE for her services to British Sailing and in 2001 Shirley married Jamie Boag.

Following her success in 2000, Shirley turned her attentions to a new challenge. In 2001 she switched to the new Yngling class and her team finished 14th at the World Championships. Over the next two years they improved rapidly, finishing third at the 2002 Olympic Test Event and winning the 2003 Pre-Olympic regatta. This new direction was rewarded with Shirley’s historical second Gold Medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic.

In 2005, Shirley took a year off Olympic sailing to focus on big boat sailing, a budding TV career and as an athlete delegate to the successful London 2012 bid, Shirley was also awarded an OBE in this year.

In January 2006 Shirley became the regular presenter for CNN "Mainsail," and later in the same year Shirley and husband Jamie Boag took on a new challenge welcoming their twins Annabelle and Killian into the world. Shirley then returned to the Olympic trail for Beijing and the quest for another gold in 2008, with new crew mates, Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor. Unfortunately, the team narrowly missed out as the Olympic choice.

Although Shirley was not competing on the water in Beijing, she still had ringside seats to all the action as she took up a new role as a BBC Olympic sailing commentator. Her role with the Olympics continues through her involvement with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Sport Advisory Group. During 2012 Shirley retained her role with LOCOG’s Sport Advisory Group throughout the London 2012 games and was once again back in her ringside seat as the BBC Olympic sailing commentator in Weymouth. Shirley will continue this role with the team during the 2013 season.

Shirley continues to present and produce CNN’s monthly sailing TV program "Mainsail" and along with speaking engagements and charity work remains an inspiration as an Olympian, TV Presenter, business woman and mother.

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  • How to book Shirley Robertson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shirley Robertson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Shirley Robertson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shirley Robertson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Shirley Robertson?

    Booking fees for Shirley Robertson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shirley Robertson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Shirley Robertson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shirley Robertson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shirley Robertson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shirley Robertson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shirley Robertson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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