Nominations for Sail Canada 2023 Annual Awards are now open

For the first time, all Sail Canada awards will now be non gendered

Kingston, January 16, 2023 – Sail Canada is pleased to announce that nominations for its 2023 Annual Awards are now open.

Starting now, Sail Canada is looking to receive nominations from the Canadian Sailing community to recognize outstanding sailors, athletes, coaches, instructors, officials, volunteers and events through one of Sail Canada’s 12 Annual Award categories, based on activities and performances that occurred from January 1 to December 31, 2022.

For the first time, and following the sharing of the Sail Canada Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Action Plan, all Sail Canada awards will be inclusive to all applicants, including the newly named Gallagher Skippers’ Plan Athletes/Teams of the Year and the Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Awards. For both, two awards will be given annually and they will be awarded to athletes/teams of different genders identities.

Nomination forms for each of the awards are available online at https://www.sailing.ca/annual-national-awards/. Once they have been filled out, they can be sent no later than February 11, 2023, to Sail Canada’s National Office at communications@sailing.ca.

The recipients of these awards will be honoured virtually in the spring.

The 2023 Rolex Sailor of the Year Award will be attributed based on activities/performances that occurred from September 15, 2022 to October 15, 2023. Nominations are now open and will be accepted until October 16, 2023. The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award will be awarded at Canada’s Celebration of Sailing to be held in the fall, at a location to be announced later. More details on the Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, including a link to the online nomination form, are available at https://www.sailing.ca/rolex-sailor-of-the-year-award/.

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.

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