Emily Bugeja from Vancouver, B.C., became the fifth Canadian sailor to qualify to be nominated to Team Canada’s Santiago 2023 Pan American Games squad after she took part in the 2023 Formula Kite Pan American Championships held last weekend in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
These championships were the last qualifying competition in Kiteboarding for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games and Bugeja took the 5th spot in the women’s class out of a total of eight athletes who raced. Four days of competition were slated but only two were held due to the size of the waves and the lack of wind.
“Going to the Pan American Games has been a goal of mine for a long time, and I’m so excited to have qualified to be nominated for the Canadian Team” said Emily Bugeja. “I am determined to keep training hard in pursuit of my next objective: to get a spot for the country of Canada at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”
Kiteboarding is set to make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024.