While the 2016 Summer Paralympics are still a year off, Canada has already qualified a boat for the Games in this event. Looking ahead towards possible team selection, Canada is loaded with options in this class. There are seven sailors currently ranked internationally. Bruce Millar is ranked twentieth. Christine Lavallee is ranked twenty-eighth. Peter Eagar is ranked thirty-fourth. Stacie Louttit is ranked thirty-fifth. Aaron Wong-Sing is ranked forty-second. Siobhan MacDonald is ranked forty-fifth. Audrey Kobayashi is ranked forty-sixth. None of these are particularly high up, so there might be a real question as to who deserves Canada’s spot.
What events these sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a 2.4 meter event, has no ISAF results published on their website. Canadian sailors all passed on the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part.
Canadian sailors have a fair amount of international experience in this event in the past few years. They have competed in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2014 SKUD 18 North Americans & 2.4mR Pre-Worlds, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2014, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2013, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2012, 2012 Summer Paralympics, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
In the past, Canada has demonstrated they can succeed in this event. They claimed gold at the 2008 Games in mixed single person 2.4mR event.
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Hosts Brazil automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by virtue of being hosts. At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified 2.4 mR boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Finland.