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Athlete Bio

Fillah Karim’s parents immigrated to Canada from Uganda and Tanzania respectively, with their ancestral roots on both sides tracing back to the Gujarat region in India. Fillah was born in North Vancouver on July 22, 1997, and is proud to represent Canada and his home province of British Columbia on the world stage.

At the age of 12, the journey in sailing of Fillah Karim began rather unexpectedly when he attended a Learn to Sail Summer Camp at the Hollyburn Sailing Club. Despite finding the experience initially daunting and challenging, he set his heart on the Olympics, giving up all other sports and activities to focus on this goal. He started competing in the ILCA 6 class the same year he started sailing, later transitioning to the ILCA 7 class in 2015.

This determination led him to fully commit to sailing after graduating high school in 2015, despite not yet having any significant results or external support. His journey hasn’t been without its challenges, such as the 2019 Pan Am trials, where he led from the start only to lose out in the final race.

However, these experiences have only served to further fuel his determination and resilience. Fillah Karim’s story is one of passion, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence both on and off the water.

Fillah’s ambitions in sailing are clear and focused. He is determined to fully explore his capabilities in the sport, with his sights set on winning an Olympic medal for Canada. The feeling of being perfectly in sync with his boat and the water, experiencing an incredible connection with the environment around him, is what he loves most about sailing.

One of Fillah’s most treasured memories on the water dates back to a 2019 training camp in Auckland. It was then that a pod of dolphins—so large it seemed like hundreds—accompanied him for a solid ten minutes as he sailed downwind, creating a truly unforgettable experience.

Looking to the future beyond his athletic career, he aspires to venture into the business world, particularly the real estate sector, together with his brothers and best friend.

Athlete Stats

HometownVancouver, BC
ClassILCA 7
ClubRoyal Vancouver Yacht Club

Recent Results

2024 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta Palma, SPA 69
2024 2024 Men’s ILCA 7 World Championship Adelaide, AUS 79
2023 2023 Pan American Games Santiago, CHI 8
2023 Sailing World Championships The Hague, NED 65
2023 Princess Sofia Regatta Palma, SPA 66
2023 2023 ILCA 6 & 7 Senior European Championships Andora, ITA 70
2022 ILCA European Championships Hyères, FRA 34
2022 Kiel Week Kiel, GER 13
2022 ILCA 7 Men’s World Championship Riviera Nayarit, MEX 43
2022 French Olympic Week Hyères, FRA 28
2022 World Sailing Hempel World Cup (at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy) Mallorca, SPA 44
2022 US Open Sailing Series – Clearwater Clearwater, USA 2
2021 ILCA Standard Men’s World Championships Barcelona, SPA 46
2021 Senior ILCA European Championships Varna, BUL 42
2021 ILCA Coach Regatta – Round 2 Vilamoura, POR 33
2021 ILCA Coach Regatta Vilamoura, POR 23
2019 Laser Standard Men’s World Championships Sakaiminiati, JPN 92
2019 Laser Senior European Championship Porto, POR 110
2019 Laser Central & South American Championship Paracas, PER 11
2019 Hempel World Cup – Miami Miami, USA 29
2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 Aarhus, DEN 75
2018 Kieler Woche Kiel, GER 22