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Praise and Pints for Team GBR

28th August 2008
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Britain's successful Olympic sailing team returned home to be showered in praise, with one of the team bestowed with a partcicularly refreshing honour. Gold-standard Laser sailor Paul Goodison has been rewarded for his efforts by one of his local breweries, which has named a lager after him.

What's more, after returning home with an vaultload of medals, Team GBR have guaranteed their financial security for the next Olympic cycle and beyond. Before the sailors arrived home, team sponsors Skandia were falling over themselves to sign a cheque made out to the RYA, extending a sponsorship deal originally signed in 2006 to the year 2013.

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Skandia has a long history of sponsorship in the sport of sailing, having sponsored Skandia Cowes Week for the past 14 years in addition to a number of other sailing projects.

However, the ultimate honour for the barside yachtie, who does his best sailing in retrospect, is to have a beer named after him.

The Kelham Island Brewery will be selling 'Goodison's Gold' for £2.12 a pint at a welcome home function for Paul Goodison, Team GBR's gold-medal Laser sailor. Brewery director Dave Wickett told the Yorkshire Post: "We had an ale ready to drink the day after Paul Goodison won the gold medal. It is based on one of our most popular ales, Pale Rider, but is much more gold in colour.

"As I understand it, he is proud of his Yorkshire heritage and when a man born in Sheffield wins gold at the Olympics it has to be something worth celebrating."

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