Canadian Paralympic Sailing: Rio Rundown
Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 2016 Rio Paralympics officially opened on September 7th with a full roster of Canadian sailors marching into the Maracanã Stadium with Team Canada. Sailing competition kicks off on Monday September 12th with medal racing held on September 17th at the Marina Da Glòria. The boat classes include the Sonar (three-person keelboat), SKUD 18 (2-person mixed keelboat), and 2.4mR (single-person keelboat). A total of 85 sailors from 23 countries will be sailing this week on 2 races courses both inside and outside Guanabara Bay. Canada is represented by six athletes hailing from three different provinces with over 10 Paralympic Games combined among the veteran sailors.
Paul Tingley (Halifax, NS) is most well-known for his Gold medal performance in Beijing 2008. Tingley is looking to add to his medal count after narrowly missing out in London 2012. “Winning the Gold medal in 2008 was definitely a highlight of my career, but I knew that wasn’t it for me.” Paul sails full-time with Scott Lutes (Halifax, NS) and Logan Campbell (Sask, SK) in the three-man boat. “We formed our Sonar team ahead of London but we needed more time in the boat together.” The trio recently placed 1st at the 2016 Miami World Cup, and have their eyes set on a medal finish in Rio. “It is a very competitive fleet but we have put in the time and we know we can be contenders here.” Tingley captured the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and a bronze in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell are looking to earn their first Paralympic medal here in Rio.
Team Canada’s couple Jackie Gay and John McRoberts will be competing together in the two-person SKUD 18. While Rio will mark Jackie’s first Paralympic Games appearance, John won the bronze medal in Beijing 2008 with former crew Stacie Loutitt. The McRoberts duo placed 3rd at the 2016 Garda Olympic Week regatta, and were named the Sail Canada Team of the Year in 2013. John and Jackie qualified the country and their spot at the 2014 Para World Championships in their home country.
Bruce Millar will sail the 2.4mR for Team Canada, making Rio 2016 his third Paralympic Games. Bruce placed 9th and 10th at his previous two Paralympic appearances. Earlier this year, Millar secured a second place finish at the 2016 Miami World Cup. Bruce will be looking to use his veteran experience in the singlehanded boat to gain an edge over his opponents in the highly contested fleet.
All the action starts on Monday at 1pm BRT time.
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