My name is Maura Dewey, and I am campaigning to win a medal for Canada in women’s sailing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!
I started sailing right about when I started learning to walk, and I have been in love with the water ever since. I took summer sailing lessons at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club starting in optis with my sister when I was five, and I remember two of us in a boat together, being terrified of about 10 knots. When I was thirteen I decided to join the junior race team and jumped right into the laser radial. At first I sailed the same boat my father did when he was a teenager, hull number 3217 built in 1972, which was pumpkin orange!
Fast forward to graduating from university, when I decided I wasn’t satisfied with sailing as a hobby, and began dedicating myself to the pursuit of an Olympic medal. I still train out of RVYC and PISE (the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence) and work at the University of Victoria in climate research to help pay the bills (and because I love science!)