Sailor of the Month - Lee Parkhill
Immediate Release – Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Kingston, ON
Canadian Olympic and Paralympic sailors dialed it up last month at the final Olympic selection events and Paralympic test events in Rio.
The Canadian Sonar team proving once again, they are a real medal threat in Rio. Tingley, Lutes and Campbell placed 2nd at the Rio Paralympic Test Event with all the key players at the start line. “The conditions were tricky and we expect much of the same conditions in September,” says Tingley. “This event was a crucial part of our preparation for the big one”.
The Weymouth Sailing World Cup served up great results for our Rio bound sailors including Nacra team (Ramsay/Girke) finishing 6th place and Brenda Bowskill finished 9th in the Laser Radial. 49erFX team Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd also added another medal race to their resume.
The intensity was particularly ramped up for Canadian laser sailors in Weymouth. Oakville native Lee Parkhill knew he had to set himself apart from the rest of the team in order to secure his spot in Rio while teammates Evert McLaughlin and Robert Davis were campaigning equally as hard.
Parkhill locked into medal race position in 6th overall, illustrating his ability to perform when it counts taking 2nd place on medal race day. Lee locked up to 4th place in Weymouth and most importantly booked his ticket to Rio.
A new speed record was set by Jim Clarke’s 100 ft Comanche on the Newport to Bermuda course. Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke was onboard to help his team set the record of 1 day, 10 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
Sail Canada applauds all the outstanding sailors for their achievements including our Sailor of the Month – June – Lee Parkhill.
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