Stacie Louttit

Stacie Louttit made history at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing by winning a bronze medal, racing the two-person keelboat event with John McRoberts. She became the first Canadian woman sailor to win a medal at an Olympics or Paralympic Games.

Louttit learned to sail in 1984 on Lake Superior. A skiing accident in 1994 at Whistler, B.C., left her with a broken back and injured spinal cord. Doctors said she had a 90 per cent chance of ever walking again. Louttit re-learned how to walk with a cane and in 1998 began sailing again in Victoria with the Disabled Sailing Association of B.C.

Louttit says sports are about setting goals and working toward achieving them. One of her best sporting moments is standing on the podium at the 2008 Games and joining hands with the medalists from the U.S. and Australia.

One of her favourite places to sail is the Juan de Fuca Strait, being chased by orcas. She was named the Canadian Yachting Association’s 2008 Female Athlete of the Year and received the Gruson/Milam Trophy Sailing Performance Award in Recognition of Outstanding Female Sailors.

Louttit qualified for the 2012 Paralympics with crew John McRoberts. They won a silver medal at the Paralympic test regatta held at Weymouth in June 2012.


2008 Beijing ParalympicsSailing 2-person keelboat (SKUD18)bronze


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Sailing 2-person keelboat (SKUD18) 4
2008 Beijing Paralympics Sailing 2-person keelboat (SKUD18) 3