Lee Parkhill has wanted to represent Canada since he competed at his first national championships in 2006. He achieved a career highlight in qualifying for TORONTO 2015, which will be a true home Games for the sailor who trains out of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Parkhill had one of the best events of his career in November 2011 when he finished fifth at the Sail Melbourne International Regatta. But just a month later he had one of his worst events, which happened to be the ISAF World Championships and the first half of the Canadian trials for the 2012 Olympic team. Parkhill ended up ranked third of the Canadians in the field, making it all but impossible for him to earn the Olympic berth. He rebounded in 2012 by matching his best-ever world championship result, placing 16th.
Family: Parents Allan and Laurie Parkhill… Older brother Brett… Wife Alexandra Parkhill… Getting into the Sport: Started sailing lessons at age 8… Began racing competitively at age 13 after being intrigued by his older brother… The whole family was involved in the sport… Outside Interests: Graduated from University of Guelph in 2010, Bachelor of Commerce… Enjoys woodworking, biking and spending time at the cottage… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Leeroy… Always travels with a Canadian flag that was signed by everyone who attended a fundraiser for him in 2012… Favourite quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISAF WCh: 2014 – 43rd; 2011 – 66th
Laser WCh: 2013 – 19th; 2012 – 16th; 2010 – 74th; 2009 – 16th
WRL: Best Ranking – 11th (July 28, 2014)