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Andrew's hometown to be dressed with bunting

Sherborne has been dressed with red, white and blue bunting as it bids farewell to one of its greatest sporting heroes.

I am so extremely proud of all his achievements. As many people have told me in the last few weeks Andy has accomplished more in his 36 years than most people do in their lifetime. We have been deeply moved by all the beautiful tributes received during this immensely sad time."

– Andrew Simpson's sister Amanda

His numerous achievements are a credit to the extraordinary effort which he dedicated to his sport. Andrew will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends today."

– Jan Paterson, Deputy Chef de Mission at London 2012, British Olympic Association

Funeral of Olympic sailor due to take place in Dorset

Olympic gold medallist Andrew "Bart" Simpson Credit: PA

The funeral of Olympic sailing champion Andrew Simpson will take place in his home town in Dorset today.

The 36-year-old died after his yacht capsized off the Californian coast earlier this month. He was training for the America's Cup.

A service at Sherborne Abbey will be followed by a celebration of Andrew's life at the town's castle.



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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