Kootenay kiteboarder to compete in world championship – Trail Daily Times
Tayne Steven of Rossland is riding a wave of confidence towards the world championships where he will compete for Canada’s national sailing team.
The 17-year-old kitesurfer was one of 13 sailors selected to represent Team Canada at the 2021 World Youth Sailing Championships in Al Mussanah, Oman, December 11-18.
âSo excited to be part of the team that will be heading to this event in Oman in December,â Steven said on Facebook.
âThank you Sail Canada Sail Canada for this opportunity. “
This will be the first time Steven and his teammates have competed at the World Junior Sailing Championships.
The team was selected based on their performance at the Sail Canada Youth Championships as well as other qualifying events held over the summer and fall.
To qualify for the team, Steven competed in two regattas in Kingston, Ontario. this summer. He came first in junior kitesurfing races at both events and placed fifth overall in the country.
The kitesurfing class is a sailing discipline that requires sailors to use a kite and a foilboard to navigate a course.
Kitesurfing or kitefoil racing will make its debut at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Steven is currently training in Mexico for this event and is very excited to represent Canada in Oman.
The races take place from December 13 to 17, with 12 events, including the women’s and men’s windsurfing, the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial), the 29er (single scull) and kitesurfing, as well as the women’s and mixed / men’s i420 (two-seater dinghy) and the mixed Nacra 15 (two-seater multihull).