Paralympic sailors win Silver and Bronze in Rio

Paralympic sailors win Silver and Bronze in Rio

Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Canadian Paralympic sailors executed brilliantly on their final day of racing, delivering two medals for Team Canada. Canadian SKUD (2-person boat) secured the silver medal with a 3rd place finish today while the Sonar team finished 7th and snapped up the bronze medal on a tie-breaker.

Sonar (3-person boat)
Tingley (Halifax, NS), Scott Lutes (Montreal, QC) and Logan Campbell (Sask, SK) almost saw their podium dreams dashed as they found themselves stuck in the back of the pack through the start until the last leg of the race. Canadian Sonar team made a game-changing move that secured their bronze medal on a tie-breaker against New Zealand. “Obviously we didn’t want to make it that close, but we trusted the process and it worked in our favour,” exclaims Tingley. “We have worked hard for 4 years leading up to this day. It was all worth it.”

SKUD 18 (2-person boat)

John McRoberts and Jackie Gay (Victoria, BC) appeared to be locking up the bronze in the medal race today until they edged out GBR with only seconds to the finish line. Canadians finished 3rd in the race and take home the silver medal. “I can’t quite believe it yet. This is all surreal. We knew we had the potential, but there are so many factors to having a good regatta. We sailed to our potential and all the other stars aligned. We couldn’t be more proud. Thank you Canada for your support.”

2.4mR (single-handed boat)

Bruce Millar (Victoria, BC) sailed to a very commendable 10th place finish overall today ending his “I am happy with how I sailed here and happy with this whole experience,” says Millar. “I wouldn’t trade it my experience here in Rio for anything, but I’d like to get back to sailing simple, without all the bright lights.”

The Canadian team will pack up their boats in their containers and head to the Closing ceremonies tomorrow as the 2016 Paralympic Games come to a close.

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For more information:
Colleen Coderre
Press attaché – Sailing
colleen@sailing.ca
Rio #: +55 (21) 99433-3641