Baillie says ‘Patience paid off’

Celebrating the Silver Medal won in the Men’s 470 dinghy sailing event in the London 2012 Olympic Games by Rhu’s 26 year old Luke Patience with Stuart  Bithell, constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie sends her congratulations to the star pair.

Patience had the race of his career this afternoon in the Men’s 470 sailing event, in Weymouth, along with his team-mate Stuart Bithell.

The sailing duo were forced to wait 24 hours to earn their Olympic title after low winds meant that their final race had to be postponed from yesterday.

Patience and Bithell have won friends everywhere with their openly competitive but joyful and generous attitude.

They got a dream start, outwitting their Aussie rivals, the favourites, in the famously sadistic pre-start manoeuvres that characterise racing.

After that, they seemed to go all out to win the race rather than doing an Ainslie and going for covering the Aussies, making it effectively a match race.

They gave everyone a lot of cheer – and they got cheered to the heavens – but they just didn’t quite make it.

Afterwards they were as inspirational as they had been in the water all week. They declared – and their faces gave the truth to it – that they had had the week of their lives, loved the racing, Weymouth, the crowds, the entire experience – were delighted to get the silver in their first Olympics – and laid down a marker for their intentions for Rio in four year time.

Jackie Baillie had tipped them to medal before they began. Good judgment. Helensburgh and Lomond have been backing the top class crew since last year, after Patience became the first Scot to be selected for Team GB.

Jackie Baillie says:

‘It’s great to have such young talent representing our nation from the Helensburgh and Lomond area.

‘Luke worked exceptionally hard to earn his place on Team GB and proved throughout his Olympic debut that both he and Stuart deserved to win a medal at these Games.

“Both athletes should be immensely proud of their performance.

‘I hope everyone in Argyll and Bute will welcome Luke’s success.

‘This really does prove that Patience is a virtue.’

Jackie Baillie has submitted a motion to Parliament noting Luke’s Olympic achievement.

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