The Olympic trials begin in TWO months, and we need your help to take our next steps towards qualifying Canada and securing a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.
This past season has been both busy and exciting - we set a new Canadian record for the best 49erFX finish at an international event - let's keep the momentum rolling!
We began to sail together in 2017. Mariah transitioned from several years of junior racing most recently in the 29er, and Ali from her 470 Olympic campaign. We quickly realized that we meshed well as teammates and believed we could quickly become competitive. This belief was confirmed at our first ever World Championships in 2018 where we finished 30th overall in the highly competitive senior fleet - qualifying for Gold Fleet and National Team status.
Focused on our Olympic goal, we continued to push the pace during the 2019 season. Continuing to climb the international rankings, we set a Canadian record by finishing 15th place at the 2019 European Championships in Weymouth, UK.
Other season highlights include qualifying and competing for Team Canada at the Pan American Games in Peru as well as at the Olympic Test Event in Japan.
Olympic Trials: How do they work?
The 2019 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand will be our final opportunity to qualify a berth for Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games. Only 21 countries will be given a berth to compete next summer at the Olympics, and we need to fight to ensure Canada is on that list.
Once Canada secures a berth for the 2020 Olympics, the Canadian trials will be held to decide which team the country will send.The Canadian trials will be scored from the combined results of the 2020 World Championships in Australia, and the Princess Sophia Regatta in Spain. You can read more about the Canadian Olympic trials here.
Schedule of Events
2019 World Championships - Auckland, New Zealand / December 1st - 8th
2020 World Championships - Geelong, Australia / February 9th - 15th
2020 Princess Sophia Regatta - Palma, Spain / March 28th - April 4th
Cost of the Trials
In order to be competitive at these events we need to cover the costs for our team to travel, train and compete at each of these venues. We will also need to purchase two new sets of sails and one new mast to stay competitive with the fleet during these regattas. The cost of travel and shipping equipment to these locations is particularly expensive for competitive teams from North America.
Below is a break down showing how your support directly helps our team on a day-to-day basis!
$50 - fuels our team with food for one competition day
$150 - provides one night of housing for the team
$500 - registration entry fee for one regatta
$1,500 - airfare for one sailor to an international event
$5,000 - a new set of sails (main, jib and spinnaker)
$7,000 - a new mast for us to use at the trials events
Join Our Team - The Journey is Incredible!
The driving force behind our campaign is an amazing community of people and organizations that are cheering us along every step of the way! We come from incredible communities, and have watched our team of supporters grow as people come together to offer assistance, financial support and encouragement as we reach towards each new goal. We push ourselves in training with the ultimate goal of standing on top of the podium and hearing our national anthem - taking pride in representing our country, community, and the supporters who got us there.
The Importance of Giving Back
We strongly believe in the theme of 'pass-it-on' and do our best to give back to our communities every chance we can. Our recent efforts have been focused on running initiatives to promote and encourage young women pursuing Olympic sailing. It is our hope to foster a positive environment and network of women within the Canadian sailing scene, educate women on the opportunities Olympic sailing has to offer, and create visible strong female role models that young women can look up to.
The value of Olympic sailing is in the pursuit of excellence - and this can be seen not only in sport, but in many different aspects of life. Striving for excellence is what drives our society and community forward. It is so important to teach young women to embrace this culture as well as to champion others to do so as well.
JOIN OUR TEAM & HELP TAKE THM TO TOKYO!
Join our team today and help us reach our $20,000 goal. Every little bit helps! Help by sharing this page and spreading the word for others to join our team.
By becoming involved in this Olympic Campaign, you will be supporting two young women who have the ambition to be successful in everything they do. Let's support this theme of pursuing excellence and help win Canada an Olympic medal!
Follow Our Journey
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