Liana Giovando


First Name :Liana

Last Name :Giovando

Home Town :Toronto

Home Province :Ontario

Bio :

Class: Hobie 16
Description: The Hobie 16 is a two-handed sailing catamaran, meaning it is sailed by two people. A catamaran is a boat with two hulls.

Liana is originally from the high mountain desert in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grew up skiing and climbing in the Rocky Mountains. At 17, she left home to study at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she was required to take four physical education credits to graduate.  Liana signed up for sailing on a whim. It changed her life.

Canada became her home at 24, when she moved here to complete a master’s degree in library and information management.  She discovered the sailing clubs in the Outer Harbour of Toronto that support a cooperative model of ownership. At the time, Liana did not have the resources to own a boat, but as a member of St. James Town Sailing Club, she could sail anytime she chose. The sailors in the Outer Harbour became some of her closest friends, who were always willing to share their skills and knowledge. Liana now looks forward to sailing the Hobie 16 at Toronto 2015, with teammate Dan Borg.

1.If you could participate at an elite level for any other sport besides sailing, what would it be?

2.What was the best advice you were ever given?
Trust your instincts and remember the feeling when everything fits together perfectly.

3.If you were to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
A hippie

4.Do you have any special talents that most people don’t know about?
I train with circus performers. I have never done a performance myself but I play on silks, static trapeze, and hoop.

5.If you could sail with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
My uncle Joe. I believe my love of the water started with our family vacations to Lake Powell on his houseboat. 

6.If you could have any actor/actress play you in a movie, who would you choose and why?
Milla Javovich, because she is gorgeous and seriously tough in the Resident Evil movies.

7.Who is your role model, and/or where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from many people in my life but mostly from my father for his visionary leadership and from my mother for her unfailing commitment to the wellbeing of other human beings.

8.What does the average day in the life of Liana include?
There is no such thing as an “average” day in my life. I am an independent consultant and work out of a home office. I provide support for libraries to enhance management and service strategies. I also use library techniques in businesses that have large collections of electronic content, organizing their information for easy discovery and access. All of my projects are unique because all of my clients are unique and every day is different.

9.If you could have one superpower, what would it be?