Canadian Olympic Team ready to go


Mar 25, 2021

Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen – Women’s 49erFX

Last week, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Sail Canada announced the nine-member team nominated to represent Team Canada in sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer. The sailors come from across Canada and belong to many sailing clubs.

The Tokyo 2020 Canadian Sailing Team will include a mix of veterans including four-time Olympian Nikola Girke, Rio 2016 Olympians Tom Ramshaw and Jacob Saunders, as well as Oliver Bone who represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games. They will be joined by young, up-and-coming sailors including 2019 Pan American Games champion in the Laser Radial event Sarah Douglas, Alexandra (Ali) ten Hove, Mariah Millen, William Jones and Evan DePaul.

The sailing competition will be based out of the Enoshima Yacht Harbour and will take place from July 25th to August 4th. Medal races for the 10 events will take place each day starting on July 31st.

The sport of sailing has been part of the Olympic program since the first modern Games in 1896, except for St. Louis the 1904 Games. Since then, Canada has won nine Olympic medals (three silver and six bronze) in sailing. This year also marks the 90th anniversary of Sail Canada.

Each Olympic sailing event includes a series of 10 to 12 races scheduled almost every day. The final of each event includes the top-10 boats sailors who are competing in a double-point medal race.

Tom RamshawTom Ramshaw – Finn

“I’ve met many Olympic sailors and have been to many of their sailing competitions; both always present a blend of jovial energy and meticulous attention to details,” said Marnie McBean, Team Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission. “It’s very exciting to welcome this mix of veterans and rookies to Team Canada – I look forward to supporting them all in Tokyo.”

The list of team members:

Nikola Girke Day 3




Nikola Girke – Women’s RS:X ; credit onEdition
Women’s Laser Radial (one-handed dinghy):
Sarah Douglas (Toronto, Ont.) – Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club (ABYC)
Men’s Finn (one-handed heavyweight dinghy):
Tom Ramshaw (Toronto, Ont.) – Stoney Lake Yacht Club (SLYC) & Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC)
Women’s 49erFX (skiff):
Ali ten Hove (Kingston, Ont.) – Kingston Yacht Club (KYC) 
Mariah Millen (Toronto, Ont.) – Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC)
Men’s 49er (skiff):
William Jones (Jerseyville, Ont.) – Royal Hamilton Yacht Club (RHYC)
Evan DePaul (Burlington, Ont.) – Royal Hamilton Yacht Club (RHYC)

Men’s 470 (two-handed dinghy):
Oliver Bone (Montreal, Que.) – Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS)
Jacob Saunders (Chester, N.S.) – Chester Yacht Club (CYC) / Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) 
Women’s RS:X (windsurfer):
Nikola Girke (West Vancouver, B.C.) – Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC)
The Canadian coaching staff will include National Performance Coach Ken Dool (London, Ont.), who will take part in his eighth Olympic Games, two-time Olympian and National Skiff Coach Krzysztof Kierkowski (Sopot, Poland), as well as National Radial Coach Vaughn Harrison (Aurora, Ont.). 

Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Organisations.

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