Monday, November 05, 2012

This past weekend, long time Canadian Sailing Team member, Kelly Hand, was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

Hand has a long list of achievements in the sport of sailing, which few have matched. As an athlete, she captured Gold in the Laser Radial class at both world championship and Pan American Games in 1999; in recognition, she was awarded Female Athlete of the Year. She has also been five-time national champion. Hand had an impressive coaching career: lead sailing coach for Manitoba at the 1997 Canada Summer Games, coached Canada’s 470 Men and Women teams leading up to the 2000 Sydney Olympic qualifiers, Canada’s Europe dinghy coach at the 2000 Sydney Games, and Canada’s 470 women’s coach at the Athens’ Olympics.

Hand is currently living in Whistler, British Columbia with husband and two children. From everyone at Sail Canada, congratulations Kelly on a beautiful career in our sport. We wish you great success in all your future endeavors.