Kingston, October 20, 2022 ÛÒ Sail Canada is pleased to announce that Canada SailGP Team founder Fred Pye has been selected as winner of this yearÛªs Sail Canada PresidentÛªs Award.
The Sail Canada PresidentÛªs Award is a discretionary award, established in 2011, that recognizes individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and who have brought recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada.
In 2022, Fred Pye founded the Canada SailGP Team – CanadaÛªs first fully professional foiling sailing team. Canada SailGP Team is one of the few independent teams in the ultra-competitive SailGP international sailing league, having joined at the start of season 3 in May 2022.
Mr. Pye is the tenth recipient since the creation of the award in 2011. He received his award at CanadaÛªs Celebration of Sailing event held Wednesday, October 19, at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
ÛÏItÛªs an incredible honour to receive the Sail Canada PresidentÛªs Award,Û said Fred Pye. ÛÏI am so proud of what we, as a team, have accomplished since we announced the team almost a year ago to the day. The Canada SailGP Team has already proven to be a strong competitor on the race course, in the SailGP Impact League and here in Canada, where we are inspiring thousands of youth through the We CAN Foil program. And this is just the beginning!”
“Sail Canada is about supporting all kinds of sailing activities in Canada, and one of the most exciting developments over the past year has been the emergence of the Canada SailGP Team under the leadership of Fred Pye and driver Phil Robertson and his crew of Canadian sailors,” said Sail CanadaÛªs Chair of the Board of Directors, Hugh McGugan.
“Fred’s vision to successfully bring high performance foiling to Canada through SailGP and other innovative programs has irrevocably changed the sailing landscape in Canada, in a way that will inspire Canadian sailors, young and old, for many years to come!Û
“Congratulations to Fred for making such a huge leap forward in supporting this exciting new kind of sailing in Canada!”
Fred Pye, who obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University, is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of 3iQ Corp and the Chairman and Director of 3iQ Digital Holdings Inc.
More information about Sail Canada PresidentÛªs Award is available at www.sailing.ca/presidents-award/.
About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.
A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.