Five female members of Sail Canada‰Ûªs National Teams to hold conferences in March

The lectures will take place as part of International Women‰Ûªs Day

Kingston, March 8, 2022 ‰ÛÒ While the world celebrates International Women‰Ûªs Day today, March 8, Sail Canada is pleased to announce that five female members of its National Teams will hold conferences throughout the month of March to inspire Canadians, including young female athletes in sailing.

Theses lectures, to be broadcast through the Zoom platform in order to reach women from across the country, will be held by Sail Canada National Team and Development Squad members Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen, Antonia Lewin-LaFrance, Clara Gravely and Coralie Vittecoq. While each of them will speak on a topic that is specific to their particular history and pathway, they will all be aiming to inspire women and members of the Canadian sailing community.

Following is the schedule for the conferences as well as details on each one. Please note that participants will need to register, and it will be possible to do so until 12pm the day of the conference. The Zoom link for each conference will be sent to participants in the afternoon leading up to the start of the event.

The conferences are made possible thanks to the Sport Canada Canadian Women & Sport funding.

Olympic Campaign Masterclass

By: Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen

Wednesday, March 16 at 5pm (ET) ‰ÛÒ in English

Take your sailing to the next level with Ali & Mariah’s Olympic Campaign Masterclass. They will discuss the key ‘off-water’ skills needed to execute a successful Olympic program. Hear their stories and learn from their 12 years of combined experience. Topics such as fitness, nutrition, mental performance, teamwork and logistics will be covered.


Motivation to achieve your goals

By: Coralie Vittecoq

Thursday, March 17 at 7pm (ET) – in French

Coralie Vittecoq is a 24-year old sailing athlete in ILCA 6 and a member of the Canadian Development Squad. She learned to sail at a young age on her father’s boat and has been competing in sailing since the age of 10. She has combined a high-level sport career with studies and has recently graduated with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, in the field of psychology. She is now focusing full time on her 2024 Olympic campaign and, through this conference, she wants to share her experience and knowledge with up-and-coming aspiring athletes, while sharing the concept of motivation and what motivates athletes to achieve their goals. And among other things, find out how the perception that she did not exactly fit the statistical profile for the class motivated her and brought her to set lofty goals in different areas of her training, such as mental and physical preparation.


Tips & Tricks

By: Clara Gravely

Monday, March 21, 7pm (ET) ‰ÛÒ in English

Clara Gravely is a 22-year-old athlete on the Canadian Sailing Development Squad who learned to sail at age 12. While getting initiated to many other sports as a teenager, including soccer, which she went on to play at a high level, she decided to fully focus on sailing with her sights set on the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. In spite of the high intensity of training, a full-time international circuit sailing schedule and travelling, she was able to balance school, her personal life and the demands of her sport. Clara earned her honours bachelor of science degree over four years at Queen’s University, while also continuing to pursue her hobbies on the side, such as reading and drawing, including comic strips. During her presentation, Clara will share some tips inspired by what she has learned throughout her sailing career so far, after overcoming many challenges.


Your sailing career can be anything you want it to be

By: Antonia Lewin-LaFrance

Sunday, March 27 at 4pm (Atlantic Time) ‰ÛÒ in English

Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance closed the 2021 season on a strong note, winning the bronze medal at the 2021 49erFX European Championships and taking 6th place at the World Championships, the best Canadian performance ever at that competition. As these Nova Scotian sisters look toward the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, they recognize the struggles they have faced along the pathway for success. With her presentation, Antonia Lewin-LaFrance will show that your sailing career can turn out to be anything you want it to be.


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.