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Victoria Pair earn two silver medals in Rio

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Jackie Gay and John McRoberts of Victoria earned two silver medals in Paralympic sailing at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in their SKUD18 keelboat.

The two finished second to Australians Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, a pair of sailors who dominated in Rio by winning eight of the 11 races as well as second during the remaining three.

What is impressive is that the Rio Games are the first time that the Canadian team - a married couple - competed together.

Gay, who is 53 was driving with her ex-husband in Cameroon when a landslide sent their Land Rover over a cliff. She lost her left leg in the crash. The 54-year-old McRoberts, who has been a quadriplegic since 18, when he was diving into shallow waters steers the boat.

The pair are among six B.C. athletes who have medalled at the 2016 Paralympics. Canada currently stands at 29 medals.

The Paralympic Sailing competition will not be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

 

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