Tom Ashley

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Tom Ashley
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Ashley in 2009
Personal information
Full nameThomas John Mitchell Ashley
Born (1984-02-11) 11 February 1984 (age 39)
Auckland, New Zealand
Medal record
Men's sailing
Representing Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Beijing Men's sailboard

Thomas John Mitchell Ashley ONZM (born 11 February 1984 in Auckland) is a sailor from New Zealand, who won the gold medal in the men's sailboard event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, he also won the 2008 RS:X World Championships. He is the Olympic champion and the 2008 World champion. Ashley attended Westlake Boys High School in Auckland, which had earlier fostered the development of other notable sailors, including Chris Dickson and Dean Barker.


Ashley placed 2nd two years previous at the 2006 World Championships. During the event the top-10 sailors were selected to sail the final race, called the medal race. Before the start of the medal race Ashley was in first position, only one point in front of Casper Bouman from the Netherlands. Bouman finished second in the medal race, one position in front of Ashley. Both sailors then had the same points (23), but Bouman was crowned as the World champion thanks to his better position during the medal race.

In the 2009 New Year Honours, Ashley was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to board sailing. [1]


YearPositionBoat typeEvent
2010 Med 2.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of Spain.svg HRH Princess Sofia Trophy
2010 Med 1.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of New Zealand.svg Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland
2009 Med 1.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of New Zealand.svg Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland
2008 Med 1.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Olympic Games – Men's sailboard
2008 Med 1.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of New Zealand.svg 2008 RS:X World Championships
2006 Med 2.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of Italy.svg 2006 RS:X World Championships
2006 Med 2.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of Austria.svg ISAF World Sailing Games
2006 Med 3.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of Spain.svg HRH Princess Sofia Trophy
2006 Med 2.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of New Zealand.svg Sail Auckland International Regatta
2006 Med 1.png RS:X – Men's Windsurfer Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand RS:X National Championship
2004 Med 2.png Mistral – Men Flag of France.svg Semaine Olympique Française
2003 Med 2.png Mistral – Men Flag of New Zealand.svg Sail Auckland
2003 Med 2.png Mistral – Men Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sail Melbourne
2002 Med 1.png Mistral – Men Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
2002 Med 1.png Mistral – Men Flag of Spain.svg IMCO World Youth Championship

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  1. "New Year honours list 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2017.