6 Team Canada athletes to set sail at Paris 2024

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Ottawa – Six Team Canada sailors will take to the waters of the Mediterranean Sea this summer for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The Olympic sailing competition will take place in Marseille, France. Team Canada will be represented in four boat classes. Returning Olympian Sarah Douglas will represent Canada in the ILCA 6. In the 49er, skipper Will Jones will also compete in his second Games, joined by Justin Barnes making his Olympic debut.

The sister duo of Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance will make their Olympic debut, competing as a team in the 49er FX. Emily Bugeja will make her Olympic debut as Canada’s first kiteboarding athlete, with the boat class racing for the first time at the Olympic Games.

Douglas posted Canada’s best individual performance in women’s sailing at an Olympic Games with her sixth place finish at Tokyo 2020. But the 30-year-old has her eyes set on an even higher finish at Paris 2024.

“It’s been no secret on what my goal for Paris is: I’m hunting down that podium!” said Douglas, who won silver at the Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games. “Marseille can bring a range of conditions but what I know for sure is that it will be hot. We will be bringing our cooling strategies back from the last Olympics.

“I’m expecting my second Games to be a completely different experience than Tokyo with no restrictions, ability to leave the village, and friends and family present. I plan on taking in all that Paris has to offer along with attending the closing ceremony.”