Lijia Xu (Lily) OLY
“Sailing is a sport of freedom and allows us to be close to Mother Nature. Through sailing, during my teenage years, it helped me with my autism as well as forming a good habit of thinking positively under all circumstances. I hope there are many more people can be benefited both physically and mentally with this lifelong sport of sailing. Lijia Xu”.
2012 World Sailor of the Year
2012 Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony in London Olympics
2012 London Olympic Gold Medalist Laser Radial
2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medalist Laser Radial
2002, 2006 Asia Games Gold Medalist Optimist, Laser Radial
2001, 2002, 2006. World Championships Gold Medalist Optimist, Laser Radial
After retiring from the sporting scene, Lily transferred her dedication to excellence into Sports Media studies at Southampton Solent University (Sports Broadcasting Journalism) Masters.
Today Lily comments on the LASER SAILING PODCAST, while in China she can be found regularly commenting, reporting, interviewing, hosting, as well as podcasting.
In her spare time, Lily enjoys cycling and sharing her knowledge and experiences from sailing through to coaching and public speaking.