28-year-old Micky Beckett from Solva in Pembrokeshire, Wales is a member of the esteemed British Sailing team which he joined in 2013.
He competes in the ILCA 7 class, a small single handed dinghy and one of the most popular boats in the world, due to its simplicity. It is the oldest Olympic sailing class after the demise of the Finn, for heavyweight men – the boat was designed 50 years ago.
Beckett was first introduced to sailing when stepping out on one of his dad’s hand-built boats aged five. From there, he began his whirlwind journey into competitive sport and nourished his interest by studying Ship Science and Naval Architecture at the University of Southampton.
Beckett’s tale of the tape tells a story of a rock-solid performer, winning either gold or silver in the last seven international competitions. Beckett cemented himself as one of the top ILCA 7 sailors in the world over the past few years, clinching 2021 European gold, 2023 World silver and becoming a two-time winner of the prestigious Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta. Having missed out on selection for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, a stellar run of form has seen Beckett finally clinch a ticket to the pinnacle of his sport with Team GB for Paris 2024 in 2023.
Micky is passionate about telling a good story to get people into the sport because as he says, “if sailing finds the right people it can be life-changing. Sailing has a remarkable ability to pick people up, particularly kids, who aren’t good at anything else (other sport or school). It’s not a sport where you need to be a certain size/shape/genetic disposition, so can really look after anyone disaffected at school. The unfortunate irony is how baffling the sport seems from the outside and yet it can be so accessible. My main job in TV production is to try and shape the narrative of each race to make sense, to tell a good and coherent story with good context despite never knowing how it will unfold.”