Christina Bassadone, Katherine Hopson, Laura Baldwin and Natasha Sturges have been selected to represent Britain at the Olympic Games

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the selection of four sailors for Team GB Athens 2004, following their nomination to the BOA by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). The girls listed below now join the other team members selected last year.

Christina Bassadone 470 Women

Katherine Hopson 470 Women

Laura Baldwin Europe

Natasha Sturges Mistral Women

Simon Clegg, the Chef de Mission for Team GB Athens 2004 and the Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association said: “I’m delighted to welcome these four sailors into Team GB for Athens 2004. The fifth place achieved by Christina and Katherine at the 2003 World Championship confirmed their rapid rise up the world rankings. Natasha and Laura are both talented athletes who have competed at world championships and are set to join a group of highly experienced British sailors in Athens.”

Stephen Park, the RYA’s Olympic Team Manager said: “2004 is set to be an exciting year for British sport and I am very pleased that we have been able to announce the majority of the team at this stage. These early selections will allow the sailors to be more Athens focussed and leaves us only with the Laser class to select.”

A total of 13 sailors have already been announced as members of Team GB following the Sailing World Championships in Cadiz in September last year.