Skippers’ Plan Male Athlete of the Year & Rolex Finalist - Tom Ramshaw
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 - Kingston, ON
Tom first started sailing at Stony Lake Yacht Club at the age of eight and began racing in Laser 2s and 29ers in regattas when he was 12. At the age of 14, he competed in the Laser Radial and realized that single-handed sailing was where he fit best. Since then, Tom moved from the Radial to the Laser Full Rig and then transitioning to the Finn in the summer of 2015. Ever since then, this Canadian sailor has represented Canada in the Finn at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and is currently pursuing a campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Over the past two seasons, Tom has consistently been posting top 20 finishes at World Cup and international events including a 6th place finish at the Aarhus World Championships Test Event in 2017 and a 5th place finish at the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus in 2018. His finish in Aarhus was strong enough to capture Canada one of the 8 available spots in the Finn fleet for Tokyo 2020. Tom has previously been honoured by Sail Canada with the Nathan Cowan Memorial Award, awarded to the best developing sailor of the year, the Marvin McDill award, also known as the Rookie of the Year Award as well as the Skippers’ Plan Male Athlete of the Year award. He is also one of the finalists for this year’s Rolex Sailor of the Year award.
- What does it mean to you to have been selected as the Skippers’ Plan male athlete of the year and as a finalist for Rolex Sailor of the Year
I'm honoured to be recognized alongside so many other incredible Canadian sailors, past and present. I have put in so much work, so when I can receive such a prestigious award it feels really good and keeps me motivated to continue pushing hard.
- What would you say has been the largest contributing factor to your level of success?
Definitely, the people helping out behind the scenes, despite it being an individual sport it's a team of people that make it work and keep me focused and working hard.
- What are your interests outside of sailing?
Hanging out with friends, sports, fitness, and getting after it.
- What is one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring High Performance sailors?
Put in all the work you can in your preparation and training because when you look back whether you win or lose, you'll feel a lot better knowing you did everything you can. The prize at the end is never worth it if you don't enjoy the process and the journey.
Join us in celebrating this award on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 6.30pm at The Carlu in Toronto, ON. Tickets are available here!
Photo: Sailing Energy / World Sailing
The Skippers' Plan Male Athlete/Team of the Year is awarded to a current Canadian Sailing Team athlete/Team with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. The nominated athlete(s)/team must:
a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition from December 2, 2017 to December 1, 2018, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. Priority will be given to athlete/team results from international Olympic/Paralympic class competition in North American and World Sailing Graded events. However, please note that other sailing accomplishments will be considered.
b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other competitors.
c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.
d) Be male (for Team nomination must have at least one male team member).
e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.