Sail Canada launches a survey for a more accessible and diversified sport

Sail Canada Survey

Sept 23, 2021

Kingston, September 21, 2021 – As an action step from its 2021-2024 Strategic Plan, Sail Canada launched today a survey to better understand the Canadian sailing community, its diversity and the challenges members face, a first step to improve the accessibility of sailing in the country.

Sail Canada is asking members of the Canadian sailing community to fill out the confidential online survey which consists of around 30 questions and should take around 15-20 minutes to complete at . The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, October 4.

This survey includes questions which will help Sail Canada to have a better portrayal of the Canadian sailing community, and to better understand potential barriers that members may have experienced in the sport, as well as getting input on how Sail Canada’s programs could be more inclusive, diversified and non-discriminatory.

Once completed, Sail Canada will analyze the results and share the findings in a report to be made available for all. Sail Canada will then work with its partners to develop resources and take actions to improve the inclusivity of sailing for all Canadians.

“We invite all members of our community to complete this survey to better understand the sailing community in Canada”, said Sail Canada Chief Executive Officer, Don Adams. “With a better understanding of the diversity of our community, the better our action plan will be in the coming years to make our sport grow and be more accessible to all. The more participation we will have from national, provincial and local levels, the more accurate the demographic information will be. Please fill out now the survey as soon as you can at .”

Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) committee
The survey is an initiative lead by Sail Canada’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) Committee, a panel of coaches, athletes and community members from across Canada. The creation of this committee was based on the feedback and input that help create Sail Canada’s new 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.

The committee is lead by Chair Nick Allinson from the Sail Canada office and includes 2020 Olympian Sarah Douglas, board member Zac Baum, and other members Emmanuelle M. Barea (sailor, instructor and coach), Braden Gray (sailor and coach), Yanick Landry (Senior Vice Commodore at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club and sailor), Amanda Norquay (coach) and Max Robinson (windsurfing athlete).

Canadian Sailing Community members can fill the survey starting now until Monday, Oct. 4 inclusively, 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.

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