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Training in Malta
Training in Malta

I'm Norman. I'm 21 years old and grew up in Toronto, spending my summers at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC). Since I can remember I have been chasing my childhood dreams of representing Canada on the water at the Olympic Games. 

As I have gotten older, competing in high-level competitive sport has taught me much about myself and who I am. I've learnt first hand that many of the cliches are true, that its important to learn from every experince and that the little habits and routines add up to a larger goal! And with this I've learnt that I'm committed to my dreams and committed to pushing myself to compete and win against the best in the world.

 

Through sailing I've been able to compete in events throughout Ontario, Canada, North America and the World. I've competed in 8 different World Championships, 2 World cups events and have been Canadian Youth National Champion and Junior North American Champion. I have just finished my 4th year of studies at the University of Southampton studying for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical. Having finished the undergrad portion and with one year left to get a masters, I have decided to pause my studies and go full time for the 2024 Olympics.

The Year Ahead

This summer I am living in Malta full time as my team (Sailcoach) is based here. The plan is to focus on training for the summer ahead of events in the fall, including the European Championships in the south of France November 14-21. Over the training period, the goal is to focus on smaller process goals and fitness goals with a hope of seeing it all add up at the end of the summer. Off the water the goal is to use the gym to get stronger and the bike to improve my cardio, while on the water the main goal is increasing connection to the boat and catching up to the level of my training partners, who are top 30 in the world. 

 

Costs

Basic Weekly Training costs -          $150 (Covers nutrition for a week) 

Minor event entry fee            -          $200 

Major event entry fee            -          $500 

Sail.                                       -          $950  (1 new sails needed for the major events this year)

Malta Training Camp             -          $2,350 (covers coaching fees, accommodation, and boat charter)

Training in Malta

Why I Need YOUR Help

I've been lucky enough to get support from multiple different sources so far, from my parents, the Ontario Quest for Gold scheme, the Canadian Sports Institute Ontario, the RCYC Athlete Development Fund and being a Bursary Athlete at the University of Southampton. But moving into the Senior fleet means more competition and more training camps and so greater funding. With YOUR help you join my team of supporters, helping fund, motivate and mentor me towards becoming an athlete at the top of the World Stage. As they say it takes a village, and I invite you to become part of my village to help me win a Gold Medal for Canada at the Olympics. 

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