On Friday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Sail Canada announced the athletes nominated to represent Team Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26.
Eighteen athletes have been selected to compete in the sailing competition based on their performances at the designated class qualifiers, including the most recent trials held this past weekend at the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club.
Among the qualified sailors are Evert McLaughlin; Alexandra Damley-Strnad; Lee Parkhill; Brenda Bowskill; Danielle Boyd; Erin Rafuse; Daniel Borg; Liana Giovando;Jaime Allen, Athens 2004 Olympian Chantal Leger; Jay Deakin; three-time Olympian Nikola Girke; two-time Olympian Zac Plavsic; London 2012 Olympian Luke Ramsay; and 1984 Olympic silver medallist Terry McLaughlin, who will sail the four-person keelboat, J24 with Donald (Sandi) Andrews, David Ogden and David Jarvis. These sailors represent the strongest Pan Am sailing team fielded since the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, MB.
The sailing competition will be hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club July 12-19 with a rare glimpse of sailing taking place on the downtown Toronto waterfront. As a non-ticketed sporting event, spectators will soak in the finals from one of Toronto’s most popular urban beaches - Sugar Beach. There are 10 events on the Pan Am Games program: men’s RS:X (windsurfer), men’s Laser (one person dinghy), women’s RS:X (windsurfer), women’s Laser Radial (one person dinghy), the new addition of the women’s 49er FX (skiff), open Sunfish (one person dinghy), open Snipe (two person dinghy), open Hobie 16 (two person catamaran), open J24 (four person keelboat), mixed Lightning (three person dinghy).
Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will provide a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.
The sailing team contingent who will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games are:
Name / Boat Class / Hometown
Jaime Allen / Mixed Lightning / Montreal, QC
Sandy (Donald) Andrews / Open J24 / Toronto, ON
Daniel Borg / Open Hobie 16 / Toronto, ON
* Brenda Bowskill / Women’s Laser Radial / Toronto, ON
*Danielle Boyd / Women’s 49er FX / Kingston, ON
Alexandra Damley-Strnad / Open Snipe / Mississauga, ON
Jay Deakin / Mixed Lightning / Pointe Claire, QC
Liana Giovando / Open Hobie 16 / Toronto, ON
Nikola Girke / Women’s RS:X / Vancouver, BC
David Jarvis / Open J24 / Toronto, ON
Chantal Leger / Mixed Lightning / Montreal, QC
*Evert McLaughlin / Open Snipe / Toronto, ON
Terry McLaughlin / Open J24 / Toronto, ON
David Ogden / Open J24 / Toronto, ON
**Lee Parkhill / One Person Dinghy / Oakville, ON
Zac Plavsic / Men’s RS:X / Vancouver, BC
Erin Rafuse / Women’s 49er FX / Halifax, NS
Luke Ramsay / Open Sunfish / Vancouver, BC
*OHPSI Supported Athlete
** CSIO Rregistered Athlete
Note: 3 out of the 5 Olympic Classes are OHPSI supported/CSIO supported Ontario Athletes
Position / Name / Hometown
Team Leader / Ken Dool / Kingston, ON
Coach / Mark Asquith / Halifax, NS
Coach / Steve Mitchell / Toronto, ON
*Coach / Chris Cook / Whitby, ON
Coach / Thomas Fogh / Mississauga, ON
*OHPSI supported Coach, registered in Advanced Coaching Diploma at CSIO
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