Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rolex Sailor of the Year award finalist Zac Plavsic’s 12 years of dedication to Olympic sailing was rewarded with an 8th place finish this past summer at the 2012 London Olympic games, Zac’s second Olympic competition.  Not only were Zac’s results at this pinnacle event the best of his career, they was also the top result of any Canadian sailing entry at the games.  Zac’s Olympic success was preceded by a number of other great achievements in the past 12 months including a 12th place finish last December at the 2011 RS:X world championships, a 16th place finish at the 2012 RS:X world championships and a 15th place finish at the 2012 sail for gold regatta. Prior to the Games Zac took to the podium at Sail Melbourne 2011 and Delta Lloyd regatta 2011.  

Zac’s light hearted spirit and energy have been a huge asset to the Canadian sailing team.  It’s never surprising to see Zac lifting spirits on long trips in Europe, wearing a red flannel jacket and carrying his guitar ready to play around an impromptu campfire, reminding the team of its Canadian Spirit and encouraging them all to represent Canada on the water with pride.

I’m very honoured to have been named The Sail Canada 2012 Male Athlete of the Year and have been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Rolex Sailor of the Year Award. 
I would like to thank the entire 2012 Canadian Olympic team and CST for being such commendable teammates and friends throughout the journey. It’s not about the destination but the journey getting there.
I owe a massive thank you to the coaches and training partners that have been so supportive and instrumental to the success of Canada's windsurfing program including Kevin Stittle, Ken Dool, Kevin Black, Aaron McIntosh, JP Tobin, Dorian Van Rijisselberghe, Alain Bolduc and all my friends in the sailing world. 
Thank you to my integrated support team for their relentless support network and positive reinforcement – Alicia Crelinsten, Colin Guthrie, James Brotherhood and Chad Benson.  Last but not least the most important people in my life that have stuck with me through the thick and thin and the people that all of us must love and respect the most... To my family and my close friends, I LOVE YOU and thank you from the deepest part of my heart for believing. I hope to support all of you as much as you have me. Onwards and Upwards!”

Zac attributes his success over the last year to three important letters, F U N. “Find a way to have fun and you'll excel. Enjoy racing, enjoy training, enjoy the pain and enjoy the company. Nothing is more important than fun.” 

Zac will be in attendance to receive Sail Canada’s 2012 Male Athlete of the Year award and for the Rolex Sailor of the Year award winner announcement on January 19th 2013 at The Carlu in Toronto at the annual Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards. 

For tickets to the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards please click here.  


For information on other recipients click here.