Lee Parkhill was born and raised in Oakville, where his parents, Laurie and Allan Parkhill, enrolled him in sailing at the Oakville Yacht Squadron (OYS) when he was 9 years old. Now, 18 years later, Parkhill qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio in the men’s single-handed Laser dinghy. Parkhill has been a member of the National Sailing Team for 8 years, but fell just short of the 2012 Olympic trials. With only one laser sailor per country to compete at the Olympics, the competition was tight but Parkhill has been the Canadian frontrunner for the past year. “This past year has been the strongest in my sailing career, and will likely be the most memorable year of my life.” Parkhill won a Bronze medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games and placed 5th at an Olympic test event held in Rio last summer. Subsequently, Parkhill was presented the 2015 Rolex Sailor of the Year Award.
In April of this year Parkhill became a first time father when his wife, Alexandra Parkhill, gave birth to their daughter, Emma Rose. Finally, Parkhill qualified for Rio following his most recent 4th place finish at the Weymouth World Cup in Portland, UK. “My dream to go to the Olympics has come true. I look forwards to the challenge and opportunity facing me at the games. I am so proud to be representing Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics.”
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