The Sonar sailing team from Britain is pretty confident of getting a podium finish at the 2016 Rio Paralympic regatta event. They have won the World Championship in December 2015 and feels that they are in good shape to win a medal for the country in the Paralympics event that starts from 12th September.
The Sonar team is looking to make up for the off-the-water penalty that they received during the 2012 London Paralympics and want to at least grab the silverware. The team comprises of Hannah Stodel, Steve Thomas and John Robertson. They will be taking part in their straight fourth games together and hence they know each other’s tactics and play very well. They can work well as a unit to test the Rio waters.
The famous trio has won back to back world titles in 2005 and 2006 and had to wait for a decade to win another Para World Sailing Championship. They won the world event in Melbourne in 2015 and they followed it up with a second place win at the Medemblik event in the Netherlands in May 2016.
Stodel said that this would be the last Paralympics for the trio together as sailing is not part of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games, and he wants to concentrate on his business which specialises in Bareboat Charter in Largs. This means that Rio could be the last competitive sailing event that this Sonar team would be competing in. They have been sailing together for 14 years now.
The Sonar team is going to Rio with full confidence and hopes to give their best shot at the Paralympics. Stodel wants to win a medal at the Paralympics and says that the team can do it as they have proven their mettle again and again by winning the Worlds event. Rio is one of the toughest places to sail and the Sonar team will have to be at their best to end up with a podium finish.