July 22nd, 1997
Best results to-date
2018 Kiel Week (Grade 1) - 22nd
2018 Medemblik Regatta (Grade 1) - 9th
2017 U21 World Championship - 15th
2017 North American Championship - 4th
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t - you are right” - Henry Ford
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” - Wayne Gretsky
Sporting heros/ Role Models
Mike Leigh - Canadian Olympic Laser Sailor
Sam Meech - Olympic Bronze medalist (NZL)
Larisa Yurkiw - Canadian skier, multiple world cup medalist
No Limits, The Will to Succeed - Michael Phelps
Going back as far as I can remember, I have always wanted to go to the Olympics. That desire to achieve the pinnacle in whatever it was that I was doing is something that I can’t explain, because it has been within me my whole life. As a child, I tried a number of different sports from river kayaking to skiing to volleyball. At age 12, in 2009, I started sailing. First - a summer sailing camp at the Hollyburn Sailing Club, then, in the fall, on the North Shore Sailing Team at the West Vancouver Yacht Club. Amusingly, unlike the other sports, I was a totally untalented sailor. In fact, as I remember, I was so bad that I would have failed that first summer sailing camp had the instructor not felt bad for me and let me pass! Luckily, the lack of talent was no deterrent for me. Within my first weeks on the sailing team, I knew that I had found my passion. Sailing was going to be the sport in which I went all the way. It was at this point, at age 12, that my lifelong Olympic “dream" became a “goal” and I openly set my sights on the 2020 Olympics.
Since that day, everything that I have done has been focused on developing towards this goal. As is the case for so many people with their business or career goals, I had a vision, but no clear path to follow to get there. Because of this, I have had to figure it out as I went along. It’s been a tough journey, and tough in ways that I never anticipated. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve failed more over the course of my sailing career than most people will in their whole lives. But, my greatest strength has always been that I have been able to see each failure as the learning opportunity that it was, and develop as a result. Over the years, I have improved consistently such that today, with the 2020 Olympics just around the corner, I am the second best laser sailor in Canada, and that Olympic dream is within reach.
When I reflect on my career, I can’t help but appreciate how blessed I have been. Not only have I had the consistent support of my family from day one, but I have also had the support of numerous coaches, mentors, donors and supporters along the way. All of the challenges and obstacles that I have faced due to the lack of funding and structured support are what have pushed me to develop and grow as a person, and that is something that I am very grateful for. I really have no regrets.
That being said, after a disappointing performance at the 2018 World Championships where I finished 75th (mid-pack), I took the time to properly evaluate where I was, and the trajectory that I was on. What became clear to me was that in continuing to operate my program in the way that I have been doing, the odds were stacked against me being successful. I have always worked the best that I could with the resources that I had, but that has meant operating on my own without a coach or structured program. I decided that I needed to make a change. So, I went out and I hired a world-class coach, and together we have built a program that is designed around my needs. I have already seen big improvements since we started, and I really believe that I am on track to achieve my goal. However, a program of this quality, at this level is extremely expensive, (around 130k for a year) and for it to continue to exist, I am looking to connect with some sponsors who can relate to the position that I am in, and who want to join my team to achieve this goal together.
Although that intrinsic desire for excellence that I have had since my earliest recollections has not faded, as I evolve, my motivation has grown beyond myself. My story has been one of perseverance and resilience in the face of many obstacles. My hope is that by continuing to progress and by achieving my dream, I can serve as an example to others that if we don’t give up, if we learn from our mistakes, if we always push forward and innovate, we can achieve our dreams.