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This article is about the sailor from New Zealand. For the American banjo player named "Tom" Clarence Ashley, see Clarence Ashley. Tom Ashley Medal record Men's sailing Competitor for New Zealand Olympic Games Gold 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. Contents 1 Achievements, 2 Training partners, 3 Club memberships, 4 External links, Achievements: Year Position Boat type Event 2010 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer HRH Princess Sofia Trophy 2010 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2009 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 2008 Olympic Games - Men's sailboard 2008 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 2008 RS:X World Championships 2006 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 2006 RS:X World Championships 2006 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer ISAF World Sailing Games 2006 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer HRH Princess Sofia Trophy 2006 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer Sail Auckland International Regatta 2006 RS:X - Men's Windsurfer New Zealand RS:X National Championship 2004 Mistral - Men Semaine Olympique Francaise 2003 Mistral - Men Sail Auckland 2003 Mistral - Men Sail Melbourne 2002 Mistral - Men Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2002 Mistral - Men IMCO World Youth Championship Training partners: Ashley's training partners have been known to have been: Josh Nixon (NZL), Antonio Cozzolino (NZL), Ricardo Santos (BRA), Joao Rodigues (POR), Shahar Tzuberi (ISR), Ivan Pastor Lafuente (ESP) and Zac Plavsic (CAN). Club memberships: Ashley is a member of: Takapuna Boating Club http://www.takapunaboating.org.nz, The Devonport Pony Club http://www.devonportponyclub.co.nz, The New Zealand RSX Association http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz

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