This year's ISAF Volvo Youth World Sailing Championships is being hosted by Lunenburg Yacht Club in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada from July 18-27, 2002. Here we profile the host country Canada's Youth Team for the event.
Team Canada will be represented by 8 young athletes who claimed their ISAF Volvo Youth World Sailing berth at a final qualifying regatta held during the winter of 2002. Boats racing at the 2002 ISAF Volvo Youth World Sailing Championships are as follows:
29ers (double-handed boat male and female)
Mistral (windsurfing board male and female)
Byte (single-handed boat female)
Laser (single-handed boat male).
Half of this year's athletes flew Canada's flag at the 2001 ISAF Volvo Youth World Championship in France.
29er Male Double-Handed
SKIPPER: Trevor McEwen (18 year old, BQYC, Belleville, ON) now has 3 ISAF Volvo Youth Worlds under his belt, and is keen to compete in this regatta with Chris Hewson for his fourth time! Some of the many achievements Trevor has accomplished in past years include winning the CYA Youth Sailing Championships in 2000 and 2001, gold at the 2001 Canada Games in Laser 2, 1st at the 29er Canadian Championships in 2001, and 4th Laser 2 Worlds in 2001. Trevor is excited to now be racing in the 29er this summer, and is keen to compete in the 470 with his brother Ian and qualify for the Canadian Sailing Team and Olympics in years to come. Trevor is currently attending St Theresa's, grade 12.
29er Double-handed Male
CREW: Chris Hewson (18 year old, RHYC, Burlington, ON) has been a double-handed crew in the Laser 2 and member of the Ontario Sailing Team for several years. He is really excited to be racing the Trevor at the 2002 ISAF Volvo Youth World Championships. This new formed team combo has done well so far, placing 6th at the Performance Midwinters in 2002. In the past few seasons, Chris has been competing with Andrew Dittmer. Some of their highlights from past seasons include a 1st at Youthfestival, 6th place at CORK 2001, and 3rd Male at the 2001 CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships. Chris is currently attending Aldershot High School, grade 12.
Laser Male Single-Handed
Mike Leigh (17 years old, RVYC, Vancouver, BC) first qualified as a member of the Canadian Youth Sailing Team in 1999, and qualified for the Canadian Youth World Team in 2001. Accomplishments in sailing include 5th place at the 2001 ISAF Volvo Youth World Sailing Championships, winning the CYA Canadian Youth Championships in 2000 and 2001, and a 7th place finish in the 2001 Gold Laser fleet. One of Mike's big feats from 2001 was to qualify for the 2002 senior Canadian Sailing Team. He strives to sail a great ISAF Volvo Youth World regatta this year and compete at the Olympics in years to come. Mike, who is currently in grade 12, was recently accepted to UBC University to study a degree in human kinetics.
Mike Hayes, (17 year old, TWC, Toronto, ON), was Canada's Male Mistral representative at the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2001 placing 20th. One of his most memorable windsurfing experiences to date was crossing the finish line at the ISAF Volvo Youth Worlds last year! In 2001, Mike won the CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships in the Mistral Male division, and also qualified to become a member of the senior Canadian Sailing Team. Mike's most recent top finish was at the the Semaine Nautique de la Schoelcher Regatta where he placed as 3rd youth male. In the future, Mike hopes to race at the Olympics. Mike is currently attending Lawrence Park High School, grade 11.
Lisa McKenzie (17 year old, Katevale, QC) has been the top Canadian female youth Mistral athlete for the past 2 years, winning the CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships in 2000 and 2001. Lisa started racing only 3 years ago, and has been climbing up the ranks quite steadily by working hard at improving all aspects of her fitness, tactics, strategy and boat handling. At the 2001 ISAF Volvo Youth Worlds, she placed 13th overall. Her top recent result includes finishing 2nd youth female at the Semaine Nautique de Schoelcher in 2002. Lisa hopes to qualify for the senior Canadian Sailing Team in the next few years, and dreams of representing Canada at the Olympic. Lisa is currently studying at College Mont Notre-Dame, secondaire 5.
29er Female-Double Handed
SKIPPER: Katja Smutny (18 year old, MSA, Winnipeg, MB) has been a member of the Manitoba Sailing Team ever since she started racing. She has enjoyed competing in many different classes, including the Europe at the 2001 Canada Games where she placed 6th . She placed 11th overall in the Laser 2 at the 2001 CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships sailing with her crew Cassidy Richardson for the first time, raced to 15th place finish at the Performance Midwinter Regatta in February, and pulled off a 4th place finish at the Kitten Cup in the spring of 2002. Katja is keen to train hard and sail her best! Katja is currently attending Silver Heights Collegiate, in Grade 11.
29er Female-Double Handed
CREW: Cassidy Richarson (16 year old, MSA, Winnipeg, MB) has been racing for just over a year- and hasn't looked back since! In her first CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships, racing with Katja, she placed 11th overall in the Laser 2, finished in 15th place at the Performance Midwinter Regatta in February, and 4th at the 2002 Kitten Cup. Cassidy has been working very hard with Katja to learn how to make the 29er go fast around the course. Although new into the boat, she has goals of finishing in the top ½ of the ISAF Volvo Youth World Championships fleet. Cassidy is currently attending Lakefield College, in Grade 10.
Byte Female Single-Handed
Jennifer Spalding (16 year old, Royal Vancouver YC, Vancouver, BC) has been a member of the Canadian Youth Sailing Team since 2000. Top results from recent years include winning gold at the 2001 Canada Games (BYTE) and earning first place at the 2001 CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships (BYTE). Of all classes, Jennifer enjoys training and competing in the Olympic Class Europe Dinghy. Goals for this year include a top 5 finish at the Youth World regatta in Lunenburg. Down the road, Jennifer strives to qualify for the Olympics and win a medal. Jennifer is currently attending McGee High School and is in grade 11.
Brian Todd (Team Leader/Coach)
Brian is the CYA Atlantic Canadian Sport Centre Coach, based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As an athlete, Brian competed at top echelons in the Finn Class with several top 20 World Championships finishes under his belt, as well as several top 5 placings at the Finn North Americans as well as winning the Canadian Finn Championships. Brian loves all aspects of coaching, and has enjoyed working with many different athletes at youth, senior, national and world championship events.
Carmen Denis (Coach)
Carmen has been actively coaching and working with Canadian youth and senior Mistral athletes for several years. She truly enjoys working with grass root athletes to bring them up to national and international standards. She has recently started to focus on working with Optimist sailors in Quebec. Highlights of her own personal sailing include a 3rd at the ISAF World Youth Championships and 4th at the Pan Am Games. Outside of sailing season, she is a ski instructor.
Tine Moberg Parker (Coach)
Tine is the CYA Greater Vancouver National Sport Centre Coach, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. She represented Canada at the 1996 Olympics in the Europe Class, and won the ISAF Women's worlds in 1991. She won Kieler Woche 4 times and have won over 20 World Cup events. She is actively coaching sailors in BC and has been involved with the Optimist team in BC and Canada for years. She is also a school teacher.