The Canadian athlete to compete in women’s kiteboarding at Paris 2024 will be determined following the 2024 Formula Kite World Championships

The event will be held May 14-19 in Hyères, France

Kingston, May 8, 2024 – An additional athlete, this time in women’s kiteboarding, will qualify to be nominated for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Canadian Sailing Team following the 2024 Formula Kite World Championships to be held next week, May 14-19 in Hyères, France.

The 2024 Formula Kite World Championships will be the second and last competition that will serve as part of the qualification process for Canadian athletes, after the country earned an Olympic spot in women’s kiteboarding at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.

Following the first qualification competition, at the 2024 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, Emily Bugeja (Vancouver, B.C.-RVYC) took the lead in the Canadian qualification process by finishing in 25th position, followed by Marie-Ève Mayrand (Calgary, AB), who was 27th. Nataliya Leshko (Toronto, ON) was 32nd, while Martyna Dakowicz (Oakville, ON) was 33rd.

How Canadian athletes can qualify themselves for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
For each class in which Canada qualifies a spot for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, except in 49erFX, athletes and teams can qualify themselves by being the athlete/team with the lowest score combined position from the 2024 World Championships in their respective classes and the 2024 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, added together, with selection being based on a sailing scoring system (lowest score first).

If there is a tie, the athlete/team in the higher position (based on the sailing scoring system) at the 2024 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta will qualify to be nominated.

Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee after it has received nominations from all National Sport Organizations.

Full qualification processes for countries to qualify spots at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the manner in which Canadians can qualify themselves to be nominated for the Paris 2024 Team Canada squad, as well as the full qualification calendar are available at

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.