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Tribute to Olympian from fellow Dorset Medallist

Olympic shooting champion Peter Wilson has paid tribute to his friend and fellow Sherborne resident Andrew Simpson.

The 2012 gold medal winner expressed his shock at the tragedy which claimed the life of his British team mate.

36 year old Simpson died after his yacht capsized during training for the America's Cup race in San Fransisco Bay, California.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, Wilson recounts meeting Simpson at a local supermarket shortly before he departed for the States:

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London 2012 executive pulls out of honours ceremony

A yachting boss and senior London 2012 executive has pulled out of an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace today following the death of Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson.

Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) was due to be made a Knight Grand Cross - the highest grade of knighthood.

A London 2012 spokesman said: "We are all deeply saddened by the news of Andrew's death and, as a result of this tragic accident, Sir Keith will no longer be attending his investiture at Buckingham Palace today."

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Flags at half mast in memory of sailor Andrew Simpson

Flags at half mast at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy Credit: Martin Dowse

The National Sailing Academy is commemorating the life of the Dorset sailor Andrew Simpson. 'Bart' as his friends called him, was killed in an accident during a training exercise for the Americas' Cup on Thursday.

The tribute on the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy website reads:

"A profound loss to the sailing world. Bart Simpson was a true British Olympic sailor showing huge grit and determination throughout his life.

"A success on and off the water Bart was a family man and always a celebrated team player.

"Greatly admired around the world, the global sailing fraternity has lost a true gentleman. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.".

Flags at half mast in tribute to Andrew Simpson Credit: Martin Dowse
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