Sir Ben Ainslie to open £4.2m sports centre
Cornwall's Olympic and America's Cup hero Sir Ben Ainslie is to officially open the £4.2 million sports centre named in his honour by his former school.
The champion sailor will unveil the centre, one of the biggest in the county, at Truro School next week.
Sir Ben, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, winning four consecutive Gold medals and playing a key role in the Oracle Team USA's America's Cup triumph, is returning to his Cornish roots to attend the grand opening.
Educated at the private school, Sir Ben moved to the Duchy from Cheshire at an early age and learnt to sail in nearby Falmouth, before becoming a national sailing success.
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The news comes as he was linked romantically with TV presenter Georgie Thompson, who has revealed the fact that they were dating.
Ms Thompson, who used to date Declan Donnelly from the British duo Ant and Dec, referred to Sir Ben as "Popeye the sailor man".
Andrew Gordon-Brown, headmaster of Truro School, said: "Having Sir Ben officially open the new sports centre is a real honour as he represents that dreams can be realised with hard work – something we promote to our students throughout the school."