Sailing is the first sport to qualify Canada for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo
Monday, August 12th 2018 - Kingston, ON
Sailing is the first National Sport Federation (NSF) to qualify Canada spots for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.
The 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus wrapped up in Denmark this weekend. Held every 4 years, this event is the largest global sailing competition that includes all ten Olympic fleets. As the first and largest country qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, this event was pivotal for all countries.
After a full week of racing in a wide range of conditions, Canadian Sailing Team members, Tom Ramshaw and Sarah Douglas finished with admirable results. Placed within the top 10, Tom and Sarah officially qualified Canada a spot in the Finn and Laser Radial fleets for the 2020 games.
Their hard work and persistence during the event has paid off, as their results "make Sailing the first Canadian NSF to qualify spots for Tokyo" mentioned by Veronica Brenner, Olympic Performance Manager with the Canadian Olympic Committee.
While in competition with Finn sailors from 42 nations, Tom made his way to the top as he captured one of the 8 available spots for Tokyo 2020. With his 5th place finish, he mentions, “it was a great week for me and I'm more motivated than ever to keep pushing hard to get to the top of the podium”.
While Sarah has been training consistently all year, her efforts showed during this event. Moving her way up the scoreboard, she finished 6th overall, securing one of the 18 spots available in the Laser Radial fleet. Competing with over 119 sailors, from 53 different nations, this event marked new accomplishments for the Canadian sailor, “it was my first medal race and I was very excited to be out racing in epic conditions with the top girls in the world.” Sarah Douglas mentions. “Securing the Olympic spot was the goal and I’m happy to have done that for Canada.”
Lots of training and events lay ahead for our Canadian Sailing Team and Canadian Sailing Development Squad athletes, as they continue their journey towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Photo: Sailing Energy
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Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing in all its forms including yachting through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders.