Male Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award – Tayte Stefaniuk
Thursday, February 21st, 2019 – Kingston ON
It is with great pleasure that Sail Canada presents this year’s Male Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award to Tayte Stefaniuk!
This Laser Radial sailor is an all-time traveller; born in the Rocky Mountains, learned to sail in Bermuda, moved to Dubai, then back to Canada to spend a couple summers sailing at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, and now racing all across Europe proudly representing the Canadian flag. Tayte has had the opportunity to sail all around the world, taking with him the reputation of being a dedicated, hardworking, yet compassionate competitor.
After a successful 2017 where he won both the Canadian Youth Championship and CORK International in the radial, Tayte took on some bigger, international competition in 2018. He represented Canada at the 2018 Youth Worlds in Corpus Christi, TX and then took on Europe where he finished 1st in the silver fleet at the Radial Youth Worlds in Kiel, GER placing 69th out of 269 competitors.
- How does it feel to be the recipient of the Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award?
It is a blessing to have the opportunity to sail. It is a privilege to represent my country doing what I love. It is an incredible honour to be recognized for representing myself, my family and my country in a fashion befitting of this award.
- What would you say has been the largest contributing factor to your level of success?
There are many elements which contribute to success, but you can’t have success without opportunities and so unmistakably that has been key to my development.
- What are your interests outside of sailing?
I think I speak for most youth sailors when I say there is not enough time to devote to all of our interests while we strive for success in our sport and at school. Nonetheless, I make time for cycling, volunteering to teach people of determination to sail, trying my hand at photography, as well as some wakeboarding.
- What is one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring sailors?
My advice is to listen and be coachable. Be the student that soaks up all the information possible to take advantage of those opportunities. Most importantly, be determined to become the best you can become.
Join us in celebrating their award on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 6.30pm at The Carlu in Toronto, ON. Tickets are available here!
As of 2003, both a male and a female youth athlete will be selected for this award
This award was donated to the CYA in 1997 by the Burk family to honor the memory of Bill Burk, their father, an active promoter of youth sailing in the Montreal's West Island region. As of 2003, this award may recognize a top male and female sailor. In order to be eligible, the candidate must:
a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international youth competition from December 2, 2017 to December 1, 2018, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. The following events will be considered foremost (although not exclusively) in the selection of a male and female recipient: 1) Youth Worlds, 2) International youth events recognized by ISAF 3) Sail Canada Canadian Youth Sailing Championships
b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other youth competitors.
c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.
d) Be 18-and-under as of December 31st in the year of nomination.
e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.