Lt Cdr Penny Clarke RN:

Penny Clark, 32, is one of Great Britain’s top female sailors. After several years as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, Clark has been granted leave to pursue her dream of winning Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Clark previously campaigned for the Games in the Europe class (the former women’s single-handed boat), but the introduction of the Laser Radial for the 2008 Games rekindled her desire for Olympic glory, and she’s been challenging at the top of the fleet ever since rejoining the Olympic Classes circuit.

With a number of podium finishes in 2007 and 2007, including a bronze medal at the Olympic Test Event in Qingdao in 2006, Clark is determined to make the podium again in China in 2008.