June 5, 2016
The countdown continues with only five months until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and six months until the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once again, Victoria sailors will have a strong presence. Bruce Millar, Jackie Gay and John McRoberts of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club have been nominated by Sail Canada as part of an elite group of ten sailors representing Canada.
Bruce Millar is nominated in the International 2.4mR class in the Paralympics. This will be Millar’s fourth Paralympic Games. He secured a silver medal at the most recent Miami World Cup, sailing this one-person keel boat. Jackie Gay and John McRoberts will compete in the Paralympic SKUD event. They recently earned the silver medal at the 2015 Lake Garda Sailing Week in the SKUD, an 18 foot high performance sailboat designed for sailors with disabilities. The SKUD makes its first Paralympics appearance in Rio in 2016.
Official Olympic and Paralympic team announcements will be made by Sail Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, once nominations have been formally approved in June. In the meantime, Victoria’s sailors will be seen further honing their skills on the waters of Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay.