Victoria (ISN) – With only a few short months to go before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and then two weeks later, the Paralympic Games, this is an exciting time for Victoria Paralympic sailors John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit who have again been selected to represent Canada in their Skud 18 keelboat at the 2012 sailing competition Sept 1 – 6 in Weymouth, England.

Following their success in bringing home a Bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club Sailors are now taking their podium hopes to London in 2012.

And this time they’re hoping to bring back GOLD to BC!

The sport of sailing is unique amongst Olympic and Paralympic events, because able-bodied and disabled athletes race to exactly the same format and rules. ‘We’re all the same once we’re in our boats,’ says John, a quadriplegic who broke his neck at 18, ‘we’re sailors who race high performance, competitive boats. Our disabilities are left behind on the dock, which is one reason we all love it so much.’

And Victoria is gaining a growing reputation within Canada for producing world class sailors. Fellow Victorians and Olympic Star Class sailors Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn are also heading for London with high hopes. And with the Canadian Sport Centre (Pacific) based in Victoria, the sailors join a strong team of Island hopefuls in the hunt for Canadian medals.

Both teams have joined together to host a fundraising event on Saturday 16 June, 6 – 9pm at Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Please come along and meet the teams, join in with our summer solstice celebrations and participate in the silent auction.

Surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that Victoria has become a hotspot for Canada’s elite sailors. ‘We can train all year and when we go out the whales are there,’ says John. ‘Oak Bay is my office – what could be better than that?’

Bringing home a Gold medal to Victoria, that’s what!

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