Shirley Robertson and Ben Ainslie receive Volvos in recognition of their outstanding Olympic performance

In recognition of their outstanding performances and personal achievements in the summer, Britain’s Athens Gold medallists, and ‘Team Volvo for Life’ sailors, Shirley Robertson and Ben Ainslie have been presented with a Volvo each.

Volvo Car UK set Ben and Shirley the added challenge of winning a car of their choice from the range if they achieved top honours of Gold medals in Athens – and they achieved these goals in true winning style.

The award-winning XC90 was the natural chose for Shirley, as she had already put one to the test, fully laden and towing a boat across the Continent with her team during their training campaign; Meanwhile, Ben chose the sleek, high-performance, 300bhp S60 R with Volvo’s active Four-C chassis.

Shirley Robertson said: “Volvo have been much more than a sponsor; it’s all about team work and that team spreads much further than us who sailed the boat. Volvo were most definitely part of our gold medal winning team.”