Double silver for Canada - 2015 Pan Am Games
Sunday, July 19 2015
Toronto, ON –– Double Silver for Canada - Pan Am Games
Canada picked up two silver medals in Sunfish and J24 at the 2015 Pan American Games today. A total of 3 sailing medals collected for Canada, a significant improvement from the 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games where Team Canada missed out on the podium.
Lee Parkhill claimed the bronze medal in the sixteen-boat Laser fleet on the first day of Medal Racing. Parkhill’s third-place finish is the first Olympic or Pan Am medal that Canada has ever won in the Laser since it became an Olympic class in 1996. "There is no other feeling than winning a medal on home soil. I sailed the best I have ever sailed this week. Proud to be Canadian."
Mounting off of Parkhill’s success, Canada captured two silver medals the following day. The first went to Vancerver native Luke Ramsay, who was 1st heading into the Medal Race but lost out on a tie-breaker to settle for a silver medal after a tough last race. "I didn't have a good race today, but it was enough to hold onto second place. It stings a little but I am proud to represent my country."
Hometown J24 sailors - Terry McLaughlin, David Ogden, David Jarvis, and Sandy Andrews, put on a clinic in the final race of their event to lock up silver and bring up Canada’s total sailing medal count to three. "It's great to sail in Toronto," said McLaughlin, whose son Evert sailed in the open Snipe event earlier in the day. "I live on Toronto Island, I rode my bike over. I felt like it was just another finals in the York Cup, which is a match race and regatta here. It felt very normal for me."
Other Canadian sailors who competed in the Medal Races include Evert McLaughlin and Alexandra Damley-Strnad who placed 5th in the Snipe, Dan Borg and Liana Giovando who placed 5th in the Hobie 16, Jamie Allan, Chantal Leger, and Jay Deakin who placed 5th in the Lightning. Zac Plavsic placed 5th in the RSX, and Brenda Bowskill placed 8th in the Laser Radial.
Canadian Official Results – Overall
Sunfish: Luke Ramsay – 2nd– Silver Medal
J24 - T McLaughlin/Jarvis/Ogden/Andrews – 2nd – Silver Medal
Laser: Lee Parkhill – Bronze medal
Snipe - E McLaughlin/Strnad - 5th – Medal Race Sunday
Hobie 16: Borg/Giovando - 5th – Medal Race Sunday
Lightning - Allen/Deakin/Leger - 5th – Medal Race Sunday
RSX:M : Zac Plavsic – 5th
Radial: Brenda Bowskill – 8th
RS:W: Nikola Girke - 6th
49erFX: Rafuse/Boyd - 6th