September 17, 2010 13:30 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Skandia Team GBR Release Collection of Stunning Imagery to Celebrate Two Years to go to the 2012 Paralympic Games

POOLE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) -

The following press release is a correction for the earlier release on 17.09.10 that was issued by Skandia. It omits the words 'Skandia - provider of financial advice' as this inaccurately described Skandia's services, and replaces it with 'Skandia, the global long term savings and investments provider'.

Following the recent success of Britain's Paralympic Class sailors at the World Championships and Skandia Sail For Gold Regattas, and to celebrate two years to go to the 2012 Paralympic Games, a stunning collection of images captured by award winning photographer Robert Wilson has been released.

Skandia Team GBR, the British national sailing team in the Olympic and Paralympic classes, has worked for a second time with renowned war photographer Robert Wilson to capture a collection of iconic images of Britain's top Paralympic sailors as they trained in Weymouth. Britain's elite disabled sailors are an integral part of Skandia Team GBR and team sponsor Skandia, the global long term savings and investments provider, wanted to showcase their talent in the same manner as their able-bodied teammates.

Sonar crew Hannah Stodel (25), who was born without a lower right arm, commented: "We are very lucky in the British team that we are treated like three extra classes to the Olympic Classes team, and it's great that we have had this chance to get involved in such a great project. I really loved doing the portraits; the emotions you could see in everyone's eyes were amazing.

Wilson photographed a selection of sailors including 2010 world silver medallists John Robertson, Stephen Thomas and Hannah Stodel in the Sonar class and double World Champions Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the Skud-18 class, as well as 2.4 mR World Championship medallists Megan Pascoe and Helena Lucas.

Wilson was able to build on his experience of last year's Blown Away project, which included Olympic gold medallists Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson and Paul Goodison by using a number of new and refined techniques to capture this stunning collection of images:

"The action and sports side is actually quite new for me, so we had to learn on the hoof. It was a real joy to watch them do their thing. I was looking to capture some real emotion and wasn't interested in getting everything sharp and in-focus. It's about creating an image that you are not used to seeing; it almost becomes more like a painting."

Wilson, renowned for his photographs of the 52nd infantry brigade in Helmand province, Afghanistan, combined his trademark slow shutter speed with highly detailed shots to create dramatic photographs which portray the vulnerability of the Skandia Team GRB sailors in contrast to the sea's power. Robert Wilson has created a set of powerful images which capture the varied and demanding nature of Paralympic class sailing and the personalities of those involved.

An online gallery of images can be found at:

To follow the team's progress towards 2012, visit:


About Skandia

Skandia has sponsored Team GBR since 2006. Skandia provides investment solutions to those looking at a range of investments including pensions, investment bonds, and ISAs.

Skandia Team GBR - Sailors competing in the Paralympic Classes


Sailed by two disabled crew, with at least one female on board, the SKUD-18 is designed with the 49er skiff in mind.

Helm: Alexandra Rickham (age 28) – Tetraplegic after being injured in a diving accident in 1995

Crew: Niki Birrell (age 24) – Born with Cerebral Palsy


The keelboat's crew-friendly configuration allows three disabled sailors to sail efficiently and safely and enjoy a high level of performance and excitement.

Helm: John Robertson (age 38) – Paralysed from the chest down after a motor bike accident in 1994

Mainsheet: Stephen Thomas (age 33) – Double amputee below the knee after contracting meningococcal septicaemia in 1996

Bow: Hannah Stodel (age 25) – Born without a lower right arm


The singlehanded 2.4 Metre, which originated in Stockholm in 1983, is an ideal craft for disabled sailors. In the 2.4mR, the helmsperson sits down into the boat facing forward with all the trim controls within arms' reach.

Helena Lucas (35) – Congenital deformity of the upper limbs

Megan Pascoe (23) - Born with Cerebral Palsy

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