Monday, November 05, 2007

Local Olympians get golden feeling


Here is a little excerpt I snipped from the McGill Athletics website, the picture is from Chantal Leger's presentation of Women in the wind which you can find on the CYA website:


By MICHAEL PIASETZKI, The Chronicle

BY MICHAEL PIASETZKI
The Chronicle
Aug. 11, 2004

Evert Bastet: Team leader, sailing

Hudson resident Evert Bastet is returning to the Olympics this as the team leader for the Canadian sailing team. As a competitor, Bastet had an amazing career that would see him evolve into a true Canadian sailing icon. He qualified for a total of five Games before finally calling it a day after Barcelona in 1992.

His defining moment came in 1984 in Los Angeles, when Canada won more medals than at any previous Games. Bastet captured a silver medal in the sailing competition's Flying Dutchman class with partner Terry McLaughlin. For the first five Olympiads, he sailed in the Flying Dutchman class, then switched to the double-handed Star class. When asked what it felt like to finally win a medal, he said, "Perseverance pays."

It was such perseverance that earned him election into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994.

Chantal Léger: Sailing

Senneville native Chantal Léger, 26, will compete for Canada in the sailing regatta in the Yngling class as part of a women’s triple-handed keelboat.

Léger will be the crew’s youngest sailor alongside Toronto’s Deirdre Crampton and Lisa Ross. Through persistence and hard work it all came together for her two months ago at the Spa Regatta in Medenblik, Netherlands, when she along with Crampton and Ross beat out Toronto’s Felicity Clarke and Martha Henderson and Kari MacKay of Oakville, Ont., — the favourites coming in — in an Olympic-qualifying race-off.

Now, the three are part of a Canadian sailing team that will be guided by team leader Evert Bastet.