24 Dec 2011

Olympic champion contemplates boardsailing future

12:57 pm on 24 December 2011

The reigning Olympic boardsailing champion Tom Ashley says he'll now review his future in the sport after missing out on selection for next year's London Olympics.

Ashley, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, lost out to long time rival Jon Paul Tobin, when a 12-strong sailing squad for London was announced.

Tobin finished fifth at the recent world sailing champs off Freemantle - one place ahead of Ashley.

Ashley says while missing out didn't come as a surprise he still needs time to get over the disappointment.

He says he'll take time out from the sport over Christmas and the New Year to rest and recover from a tough year and think about his future.

Ashley says he doesn't want to rush any decision as he's not in the right fame of mind.