Oakville sailors to take to water with national development squad


Published May 3, 2022 at 5:05 pm

Oakville sailors Liam Bruce, on right, and James Juhasz will be representing Canada at the upcoming International Laser Class Association 7 Men's World Championships. SAIL CANADA PHOTO

A pair of Oakville sailors have been named to the 2022-23 Canadian Sailing Development Squad.

Both International Laser Class Association (ILCA) 7 competitors Liam Bruce, from the Port Credit Yacht Club, James Juhasz, from the Bronte Harbour Yacht Club, were among the 17 members selected for the national development squad.

The members are chosen based on the Canadian Sailing Team Sport Canada Carding Criteria as well as on their overall performance during the 2021-2022 season.

As carded sailors, Bruce and Juhasz will receive financial support through the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program to help offset the costs related to their sport.

They and other team members will also receive tuition support for post-secondary education during their high-performance career or when they retire.

An economics student at Queen’s University, Bruce (pictured below) began organized sailing when he was just 10 years old at Collingwood Sailing School.

He soon moved to the Bronte Harbour Yacht Club to complete his CanSail levels and join the club’s race team.

He returned to the Port Credit Yacht Club in 2017 as he moved out of youth racing and into the Ontario Sailing Laser Standard Team.

Bruce says his goal is to represent Canada at the Olympics in 2024.

“Right now that means training and working with the Canadian Sailing Development Squad to master each phase of Sail Canada’s Athlete Development Pathway,” he said on his website.

“Over the next few years I’ll continue to hone my skills and gain experience both locally, in North America and on the world stage as I work towards my goal of representing Canada at the Olympic Games.”

Juhasz is one of five new members on this year’s Canadian Sailing Team and Development Squad.

His best finish this season was at the US Open Sailing Series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he placed 13th.


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