Montreal, November 25, 2022 – Sail Canada and Canada SailGP Team are pleased to announce an official partnership between the two organizations to further promote and develop the sport nationwide, including developing foiling talent across the country.
Since the Canada SailGP Team debuted in Season 3 of SailGP in May 2022, more than 500 youth across the country have had the opportunity to take part in the teamÛªs demo days and learn to foil training camps.
As the Paris 2024 Olympics approach, and include the iQFoil, there will be more opportunities for youth to try foiling, as well as learn about it through online learning tools and through the Canada SailGP TeamÛªs community programmes.
Sail Canada and the Canada SailGP Team will also cooperate on the development of certification programs for foiling coaches in Canada, as well as certification for instructors under the Sail Canada guidelines.
“To have a SailGP Team in Canada is an additional amazing opportunity to showcase our sport in the country and we are pleased to announce this natural partnership with the Canada SailGP Team,” said Sail Canada Chief Executive Officer, Don Adams. “Foiling is one of many ways to enjoy sailing and we are excited to work with the Canada SailGP Team to develop certified instructors, coaches and athletes, as well as to foster interest and participation in competitive sailing through foiling and SailGP.”
Select members of the National Sailing Team also have the opportunity to sail with Canada SailGP Team on the ultra-competitive international circuit, forging a new pathway for the countryÛªs elite athletes.
ÛÏWe are very pleased to be partnering with Sail Canada. We have a shared vision to grow the sport of sailing in Canada and by working together, I am confident that we will inspire a whole new generation of foiling sailors, coaches and fans,Û said Jean-SÌ©bastien ChÌ©nier Proteau, CEO of the Canada SailGP Team.
As a partner, the Sail Canada logo is proudly displayed on the TeamÛªs hydro-foiling F50 catamaran that is competing in 11 events around the world this season.
About Canada SailGP Team
Canada SailGP Team is one of the few independent teams in this ultra-competitive international league, having joined in May 2022 at the start of Season 3. The team has an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision to be the first fully digital sports franchise. The Canada SailGP Team is passionate about creating opportunities in the sport for the next generation and protecting our racetrack, the ocean. Check out our website at SailGP.com/teams/canada/.
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.