Sarah Douglas started sailing as a seven-year-old in Barbados and competed at her first world championships in the Optimist class when she was 10. She returned to Canada in 2008 to attend high school and moved into the Laser Radial class, quickly becoming one of the top youth sailors in the country. In 2010, she competed at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in the Byte CII class. But after placing second at the Youth Nationals in 2010, Douglas lost her love of competition and spent the next two and a half years coaching youth athletes. During that time, she attended a camp for Team Ontario athletes headed to the Canada Games and was re-inspired to chase her Olympic dreams after hearing Rosie MacLennan speak about winning gold at London 2012. Douglas returned to competitive sailing in 2014 and was named to the senior national team in 2015. She had a gradual rise up the international rankings, achieving a career highlight at the 2018 Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark where her sixth-place finish qualified an Olympic berth for Canada in the Laser Radial for Tokyo 2020. She followed that up a few months later with another sixth-place finish, this time at the 2019 World Cup Series stop in Enoshima, Japan. By June 2019, she had risen to third place in the Laser Radial world rankings.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT SARAH
Getting into the Sport: Started sailing at age 7, drawn by her family’s love for the ocean… Outside Interests: Earned her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management at the University of Guelph in 2017… Supports the activities of Believe Initiative, Fast and Female, and Broadreach Foundation for Youth Leaders… Enjoys cooking and anything associated with food…
Notable International Results
World Ranking List: Best Ranking (Laser Radial) – 3rd (June 2019)
World Championships: 2018 – 6th (Laser Radial); 2017 – 12th (Laser Radial); 2016 – 21st (Laser Radial); 2009 – 21st (Byte)
Youth Olympic Games: 2010 – 10th (Byte)