Meet the recipient of the Male Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award - Liam Bruce

Meet the recipient of the Male Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award - Liam Bruce

February 22nd, 2018 - Kingston, ON

It is with great pleasure that Sail Canada presents this year’s Male Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award to Liam Bruce!

Over the past two years, Liam has represented his home club of Port Credit Yacht Club, the Ontario Sailing Team and Canada in the Laser Radial Fleet. Competing in over 20 provincial, national and international regattas, he placed 2nd at the 2017 Sail Canada Youth Championships, and finished in the top quarter of the Gold Fleet at the 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Medemblik, Netherlands.

In the fall, the Laser Radial sailor transitioned to the full-sized laser standard and proved his skills by winning the 2017 Fall CORK in Kingston, ON. Liam's passion for the sport, intense competitive spirit as well as his commitment to sailing is inspiring.

How does it feel to be the recipient of the Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award?

It is such a great honour! There are so many talented youth athletes in our sport, I am very grateful to be recognized for all of my hard work.


What would you say has been the largest contributing factor to your level of success?

I think that success in any competitive sport stems from two things; what you bring to the table and the support you get from others.


What are your interests outside of sailing?

I love sports in general. I follow a number of sports pretty religiously especially the NFL. Outside of that I enjoy spending time with friends and family and I’ve been known to get hooked on the occasional netflix series.


What is one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring high performance sailors?

Want it. Whether that is in the gym or in training, you’ve got to put in a lot of effort… The more you put in the more you’ll get out!


Join us in celebrating this award on Friday March 2nd, 2018 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, 2016 to December 1, 2017, 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.