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7 November 2001, 12:30 pm
Terry McLaughlin Honoured as Rolex Sailor of the Year
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Canadian Yachting Association Annual Awards
Kingston, Ontario

Terry McLaughlin of Toronto leads a stellar cast of Canadian sailors who were honoured Saturday, November 3 in Kingston at the Canadian Yachting Association’s Annual Awards Banquet.

The Awards Banquet is held every year in conjunction with the Association's Annual General Meeting. Both events form part of the four-day long Annual Planning Conference, which took place at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel and Suites.

The complete line-up of awards is as follows:

Terry McLaughlin (Toronto, ON), Rolex Sailor of the Year Award

Terry McLaughlin has earned his place at the pinnacle of Canadian sailing: helmsman of Defiant, the successful Challenger for the Canada's Cup earlier this year; Olympic silver medallist in the Flying Dutchman class (1984, Los Angeles); five-time winner of the York Cup, the most prestigious match-racing event in the country; skipper of Canada I in the 1983 America's Cup Trials; world champion, Flying Dutchman (1980); two-time Intercollegiate All-American.

Jen Provan (Toronto, ON) and Nikola Girke (West Vancouver, BC), Female Athletes of the Year and Marvin McDill Memorial Award (top rookie)

Despite only having sailed together as a team since last July, Jen and Nikola had an impressive season, culminating in a 16th place finish at the 470 World Championships in Slovenia in September, the best showing for a Canadian entry in 470s since 1996. A three-time All-American in the U.S. college system, Jen is the recipient earlier this year of the Ontario Sailing Association's Joanne Abbott Female Sailor of the Year Award. Nikola is a three-time Canadian youth champion and placed an impressive fifth at the Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in 1995.

In addition to their excellent results as a 470 team this summer, Jen and Nikola also exemplify good sportsmanship and leadership, showing enthusiasm and support for their fellow team members.

Chris Cook (Whitby, ON), Male Athlete of the Year Award

Chris Cook has had excellent results this season. He placed first at the Finn North American Championships, second at the Finn Canadian Championships and sixth overall and top rookie at the Finn World Championships in Marblehead, MA last month.

Don Pearson and Craig Coleman (London, ON), Volunteer of the Year Award

As Co-Chairs of the 2001 Canada Summer Games Sailing Event, Craig and Don's preparation over a four-year period included staging three test events at the venue, and incorporated many logistics beyond the scope of most regattas.

Anton Mihic (Hamilton, ON), Coach of the Year Award

Anton is a highly versatile coach (sail, cruise, power and SPARK START -- CYA's basic boating safety course) who has received many commendations from his students and employers. He also volunteers his time to the organization of the sport.

Mike Leigh (Vancouver, BC), Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award

In addition to Mike Leigh's impressive results this season (second consecutive first place finish, Canadian Youth Championships, fifth at the World Youth Championships, qualification at 2002 Laser Worlds) and his dedication to his own training program, he takes time to help other members of his club's high performance team.

2001 Canada Games, Chisholm Trophy For Excellence in Race Management

The 2001 Canada Summer Games Sailing Event was judged to be the most deserving of this award in recognition of the superb quality of race management in a wide range of race conditions.

Burrard Yacht Club (North Vancouver, BC), William Abbott Senior Trophy For Sail Training

After only two seasons in operation, the Learn to Sail program at Burrard Yacht Club has already trained some of the best new sailors and racers in the country.

Ontario Sailing Association (OSA) BOOM program, Recreation Event of the Year Award

The OSA's BOOM program takes sailing to Ontario in the form of four mobile sailing schools. This season, the program traveled to 25 communities in Ontario, offering sailing instruction to over 450 youth, adults, and sailors with disabilities.

Chester Yacht Club (Chester, NS), CYA Eastern Intermediate Championships, City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award

The enthusiastic volunteers of the Chester Yacht Club are honoured as the first recipients of this award, donated by CORK (Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston). The Club hosted an excellent regatta and training event, drawing the largest turnout for this championships in a number of years.
Barb Yates/News Editor
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