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I am a 15 year-old sailor from Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

My father introduced me to sailing at a very young age because he was a sailor himself. I sailed the Opti at six years old. It was not until I was eight that I got my first taste of racing. I instantly fell in love with it and over the next few years I climbed the ranks on the provincial circuit. When I was 11 I did my second Opti Nationals in Montreal. I finished third overall and second Canadian. With that result I qualified to attend the World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2014.  That same year I qualified for the next Opti Worlds in Poland.

Now sailing the Opti at 130 pounds (not fast) it was time to move to the Laser. When I came back from Poland I started in the Laser Radial for the fall. Sailing the Laser Radial last summer I was fortunate to receive coaching from Polish coach Alexander Arian.  With his guidance, by the end of the summer, I was one of the top youth sailors in Canada.

Despite frozen mainsheets and cold hands I managed to sail in Halifax until December 7th. This hardy training environment prepared me well for 2017 Midwinters in Clearwater Florida, where I finished 16th out of 100 boats and was top male youth Canadian which gave me a spot at the 2017 Youth Worlds in Sanya, China.

Currently I am training hard both on and off the water in preparation for the Youth Worlds in China in December 2017.

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